Joseph Mallord William Turner

Copenhagen: Two Sketches of Rosenborg Palace from just outside the Main Entrance on Oster Voldgade; Three Sketches of the Cliffs at Moen, from the Sea


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 92 × 155 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCV 6 a

Catalogue entry

These are slight sketches of the island of Møn (inscribed ‘Moen’), located is south-eastern Denmark (see Tate D30830–D30831; Turner Bequest CCCV 5a–6).
Turner travelled past Møn on his way from Kiel to Copenhagen from 5–6 September 1835. Views of Copenhagen are rendered parallel to the gutter of the sketchbook. They show Rosenborg Castle, a renaissance palace built in 1606 as the summerhouse of Christian IV.1 Turner draws Rosenborg from a vantage point just outside the palace’s main entrance on the Øster Voldgade.
For other drawings of Copenhagen see Tate D30824–D30829, D30832–D30833, D30859, D30861, D30873, D30881, D30883, D30887; Turner Bequest CCCV 2–5, 6a–7, 20, 21, 27, 31, 32, 34.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2015

‘The Castle’, Rosenborg, accessed 28 April 2015,

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