Anton von Werner, The Proclamation of the German Empire, 1877, Originally placed in White Hall of the Berlin City Palace moved in 1892 due to redesigning and later destroyed on February 2, 1945 in an air raid on Berlin, 14 ft. 2 in. x 24 ft.
The painting,The Proclamation of the German Empire, depicts the moment when the all the royalty of the German states publicly agreed to the German Empire. This took place after the complete Reichstag, or legislative branch, ratified the Constitution of the German Empire. Anton von Werner was at this scene and did some small sketches at the time during the short proclamation event. In 1877 Werner painted this version on request of German Princes as a present to William I of Germany for his 80th birthday/