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Title:

Hospenthal, Fall of St. Gothard, sunset

Maker:

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

Category:

drawing

Name:

drawing

Date:

circa 1841 1843

School/Style:

British

Technique:

watercolour

Material(s):

watercolour; medium
grey ink; medium
graphite; medium
paper; support

Technique
Description:

watercolour, pen and grey ink over graphite, with scratching out on paper

Dimension(s):

height, 227, mm
width, 286, mm

Acquisition:

given; 1861; Ruskin, John

Notes:

From the beginning of his career, Turner was conscious of the importance of having a clearly-defined patch of light as a focus in a composition. Here, he exaggerates the height of the tower, thus anchoring the composition and drawing the eye through the fluidly-washed mists of colour. In a chapter on ‘Turnerian Topography’ in volume IV of Modern Painters, Ruskin justified Turner’s practice of altering scale or perspective in a landscape composition on the grounds that,‘many of the facts in nature are so subtle, that they must be slightly exaggerated, in order to be made noticeable when they are translated into the comparatively clumsy line of even the best drawing’ (IV, 1888, 33). (Text from 'Ruskin's Turners' Exhibition Website).

Inscription:

; verso; graphite; Hospital Nr. St. Gothard / No. 5. X 014 (in Turner's hand)

Exhibition(s):

British Landscape Watercolours, 1750-1850. 1994
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)
Notes: p. 89

Exhibition of Watercolours by J.M.W. Turner. 1959-03 - 1959-06
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)

Ruskin's Turners. 2000-04-04 - 2000-06-18
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)

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. 71
cat. no. 46, pl. 46 (black and white) and as a frontispiece (colour)

Wilton, Andrew. 1979. The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner.London?:
no. 1501 as '? 1843'

Gage, John. Wilton, Andrew. 1974-5. Turner, 1775-1851.London?: Tate Gallery
under no. 614

Accession:

Object Number: 587
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 14025; input: 2000-10-11; modified: 2010-03-25)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/14025





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