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Title:

Brünnen, Lake Lucerne in the distance

Maker:

Turner, Joseph Mallord William; draughtsman; British artist, 1775-1851

Category:

drawing

Name:

drawing

School/Style:

British

Technique:

watercolour

Material(s):

watercolour; medium
graphite; medium
brown ink; medium
black ink; medium
paper; support

Technique
Description:

watercolour over graphite, with pen, brown and black ink on paper (touches of watercolour, verso, from next page)

Dimension(s):

height, 225, mm
width, 290, mm

Acquisition:

given; 1861; Ruskin, John

Notes:

In 1842, Turner presented his dealer, Thomas Griffiths, with a group of fifteen sample watercolours from which he proposed to work up ten large finished watercolours on receipt of commission for specific views. In the event, Griffiths succeeded in finding only three purchasers - one of whom was Ruskin - who between them agreed to buy all but one of the finished group. These Ruskin later described as ‘the ten drawings which Turner did for love'. Turner first visited Brünnen in 1802. During his visits to Switzerland in 1841 and 1842, he extended his knowledge of the central Alps and the northern shore of Lake Geneva, concentrating particularly on Lake Zug and Lake Lucerne and their surrounding mountains. He explored Brunnen most extensively in 1843. In later life, Ruskin came to prefer Turner’s Swiss sketches to his finished views, which he complained Turner had ‘spoiled’ by putting in the ‘ugly hotels’. (Text from 'Ruskin's Turners' Exhibition Website).

Inscription(s):

; verso; graphite; Brennern / Lake of Lucern
; graphite; 15
; graphite; 18
; graphite; X8

Exhibition(s):

Documentation:

Ruskin, John. Cook, E.T.. Wedderburn, Alexander. Works.p. 558

Cormack, Malcolm. 1975. J.M.W. Turner, R.A. 1775-1851; a catalogue of Drawings and Watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 68-70
cat. no. 43, pl. 43 (black and white)

Wilton, Andrew. 1979. The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner.London?:
no. 1486 as '? 1843'

Accession:

Object Number: 584
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 14014; input: 2000-10-11; modified: 2010-03-25)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/14014





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