Bronze sculpture group. "A fine group, one of the many presented to the German Emperor by the Berlin Tramway Company, which represents the final scene in a boar-hunt, an ancient, but now  practically extinct sport in Germany. The costume is of the reign of Joachim I [1499-1535]."
Carl Begas f. 1904
Bronze Animals in the Tiergarten
The hunt groups and animal figures, erected in the Tiergarten by Emperor Wilhelm II, are illustrating the importance of the Tiergarten as the former princely hunting ground of the Hohenzollern. Cuno von Uechtritz-Steinkirch created in 1904 the imposing Hubertus Fountain at the Großer Stern, which was removed in 1938. The associated hunting scenes are now in the Fasanerieallee:
These dramatically staged bronze figure groups betrayed the then prevailing neo-baroque style. During a visit to the studio of the sculptor Rudolf Siemering Wilhelm II saw the designs for the monumental Washington Monument in Philadelphia (USA), inaugurated in 1897. Especially the naturalistically rendered animals at the monument base impressed him and he ordered recasts for the Tiergarten. Two of the eight animal figures, cast in 1902 were lost in World War II, six are placed at different locations in the Tiergarten, we photographed the following:
- Altgermanische Wisentjagd / Old German Bison hunt by Fritz Schaper,
- Eberjagd der Renaissancezeit /Boar hunt in 1500 by Carl Begas,
- Hasenhetze der Rokokozeit / Rabbit baiting in 1750 by Max Baumbach,
- Zeitgenössische Fuchsjagd / Fox hunting in 1900 by Wilhelm Haverkamp.
- Two Elk
- Carl Begas d.J. (Berlin 1845 - Köthen 1916),
Sources & Information
- Denkmale in Berlin, Großer Tiergarten.
- Berlin von A bis Z, Berlin Lexikon (Jagdgruppen).
- Set of six postcards by Tuck with English descriptions, dating from 1914.
Location (N 52°30'47" - E 13°20'55")
Item Code: debe057; Photograph: 10 August 2013
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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