The Friedrichsgracht was a canal that ran though the centre of Berlin. While it still survives in present day Berlin, much of the area has been rebuilt since the Second World War.

The striking composition, dominated by the geometrical precision of the zinc roof in the foreground, is typical of Gaertner's work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1801 - 1877
Full title
The Friedrichsgracht, Berlin
Date made
probably 1830s
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid down on millboard
Dimensions
25.5 x 44.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1989
Inventory number
NG6524
Location in Gallery