This group of three views of Baden date from Turner's 1844 tour. He made several other studies during this visit, even though he had already sketched the spa town many years earlier in 1802. Ruskin had not discovered the subject of these sketches when he published his catalogue of this selection. He was, however, impressed by the subtlety of no.84: 'The ease, power, and value of the pencil lines which trace the river shore, and the quantity of sunlight which is got through the golden colour almost at a dash, by the gradation to the white at the lower shore, renders this one of the most curious drawings in the series'.
Gallery label, September 2004