Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dresden: View from the Gardens of the Japanese Palace with the Palace Itself, Bridge, Frauenkirche, Hofkirche and Schloss


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 159 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCI 2 a

Catalogue entry

This is a view of Dresden, capital of Saxony, taken from the formal gardens of the Japanese Palace. The baroque building, which can be seen at left, was constructed from 1717 to store the imperial collection of Japanese porcelain.1 Beyond the palace is the Frauenkirche at centre, and over the Augustus Bridge the Hofkirche, once church of the royal court of Saxony and now Dresden Cathedral. Turner has inscribed the numbers ‘3 4, 3’ over the bays of the Japanese Palace and ‘3’ by one of the towers of the Hofkirche.
For more sketches of Dresden see Tate D30296–D30308, D30896–D30900, D31013, D31024–D31042; Turner Bequest CCCI 1–7, CCCVI 6a–9, 65a, CCCVII 3–12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

‘Japanisches Palais’, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, accessed 03 September 2015,

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