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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dresden: The Zwinger Gardens, Looking towards the Crown Gate, Mathematical-Physical Salon, Wall Pavilion and French Pavilion from the Upper Balustrade in the Eastern Corner 1835

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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Dresden: The Zwinger Gardens, Looking towards the Crown Gate, Mathematical-Physical Salon, Wall Pavilion and French Pavilion from the Upper Balustrade in the Eastern Corner 1835
D30896
Turner Bequest CCCVI 6 a
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 104 x 170 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘9’ above the Mathematical-Physical Salon, ‘16’ against the arcade linking the Salon with the Wall Pavilion.
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing depicts the Zwinger Palace in Dresden. It was constructed in the early eighteenth century by Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony. Comprised of galleries, pavilions, orangeries and courtyards, the Zwinger was used for parties and to house the electoral art collection.
The view was taken from an upper balustrade in the eastern corner of the Zwinger, looking out onto a landscaped courtyard and fountain. Crown Gate is at left, with the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments at centre, and the Wall and French Pavilions at right.
For more sketches of Dresden see Tate D30296–D30308, D30897–D30900, D31013, D31024–D31042; Turner Bequest CCCI 1–7, CCCVI 7–9, 65a, CCCVII 3–12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2015

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Dresden: The Zwinger Gardens, Looking towards the Crown Gate, Mathematical-Physical Salon, Wall Pavilion and French Pavilion from the Upper Balustrade in the Eastern Corner 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 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-dresden-the-zwinger-gardens-looking-towards-the-crown-gate-r1186768, accessed 28 June 2022.