J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Berlin: The Back of the Statue of Blücher, the Neue Wache and Zeughaus from next to the Opera House 1835

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Verso
Berlin: The Back of the Statue of Blücher, the Neue Wache and Zeughaus from next to the Opera House 1835
D31069
Turner Bequest CCCVII 25 a
Pencil on cream laid paper, 89 x 162 mm
Watermarked with a beehive surrounded by garlands and bees
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘B[...]’ centre towards rear; ‘MDCCCXIII’ | ‘4’ | ‘5’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch was taken on the Unter den Linden Boulevard in Berlin. It shows the back of the statue of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742–1819), a Prussian general who led his army to victory against Napoleon at the Battles of Leipzig (1813) and Waterloo (1815). Turner’s inscription ‘MDCCCXIII’ (1813) is from one of the statue’s plaques. Beyond Blücher’s statue is the Neue Wache (the New Arsenal for the King’s Guards) and the Zeughaus (the Old Arsenal).
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Berlin: The Back of the Statue of Blücher, the Neue Wache and Zeughaus from next to the Opera House 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-berlin-the-back-of-the-statue-of-blucher-the-neue-wache-and-r1186942, accessed 04 March 2021.