Turner, Joseph Mallord William; draughtsman; British artist, 1775-1851
circa 1841 1843
red ink; medium
watercolour over graphite with pen and red ink and scratching out on paper
height, 228, mm
width, 291, mm
given; 1861; Ruskin, John
Turner visited Switzerland on six occasions over a period of forty years, in 1802, 1836 and annually between 1841 and 1845. The location of this view has yet to be securely identified; one scholar believes it may show a road in the Grisons. Stylistically, it may be associated with a group made after Turner’s visits to Switzerland in 1841 and 1842. The use of transparent, stippled washes and underlying pencil strokes relate the drawing to other late Swiss views, such as that in Faido, c.1841-45, also in the Museum’s collection (no. 1763). Ruskin was drawn to mountain scenery, and in his autobiography 'Praeterita' (1885-9) he remarked that some of his ‘most intense happinesses’ had been among mountains. (Text taken from 'Ruskin's Turners' Exhibition Website).
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
cat. no. 42, pl. 42 (black and white)
Wilton, Andrew. 1979. The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner.London?:
no. 1511 as '? 1843, ? A road in the Grisons'
Object Number: 582
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
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