Joseph Mallord William Turner Baden 1802

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From Lake Thun Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXVI
Date 1802
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 156 x 201 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXVI 10
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Catalogue entry

As recognised by Robert Upstone, this very slight sketch depicts Baden, of which there are various views in this sketchbook. Like folios 15 verso and 63 (D04668, D04720), it was presumably a first impression jotted down as Turner approached from Zurich (see especially folio 11 verso, D04660), taking in Castle Stein on its crag and the old town in the valley of the River Limmat below. For Castle Stein, see folios 58 and 59 (D04715, D04716). Perhaps the following year, 1803, Turner worked up these views in a colour study (Tate D04899; Turner Bequest LXXX F).

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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