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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Berlin: The Königskolonnaden and Königsbrücke from Königstrasse 1835

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Verso
Berlin: The Königskolonnaden and Königsbrücke from Königstrasse 1835
Turner Bequest CCCVII 18 a
Pencil on cream laid paper, 89 x 162 mm
Watermark double ‘X’ mark
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Fausts Winter Garden’ bottom left; ‘All Wom[?en]’ bottom centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a view of Berlin’s Königskolonnaden or King’s Colonnade taken from King Street (Königstrasse, now Rathausstrasse). It was built between 1777 and 1780 for Frederick the Great (1712–86).1 Comprised of coupled Ionic columns, the Colonnade flanked one side of the King’s Bridge (Königsbrücke) and was lavishly decorated with a scheme of sculptures. It was relocated to Heinrich-von-Kleist Park in the early twentieth century. In Turner’s sketch a passenger boat can be seen approaching the Königsbrücke. The annotation ‘All Wom’ is inscribed close by, possibly a shortening of ‘All Women’.
At rear Turner has inscribed ‘Fausts Winter Garden’ which refers to one of four pleasure gardens in Berlin. Faust’s housed exotic plants in greenhouses and visitors could enjoy entertainments like plays, poetry or music recitals there.
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

‘Die Königskolonnaden im Heinrich-von-Kleist-Park an der Potsdamer Straße’, Berlin, accessed 29 May 2015, https://www.berlin.de/ba-tempelhof-schoeneberg/organisationseinheit/planen/koeko_start.html

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Berlin: The Königskolonnaden and Königsbrücke from Königstrasse 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-konigskolonnaden-and-konigsbrucke-from-r1186928, accessed 23 January 2022.