Joseph Mallord William Turner

Basel: The City seen from the Rhine

1802

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 332 x 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02231
Turner Bequest XLVII 54

Catalogue entry

This careful drawing of the buildings of Basel as seen from the river was used for an engraved subject in the Liber Studiorum series, published in 1807 in its Architectural category (Tate impressions: A00919, A00920). It may never have passed through the stage of being a drawing in brown wash like the majority of the designs, though in 1878 the Turner scholar W.G. Rawlinson noted a drawing ‘sold some years ago by Mr Halsted’.1 The subject is represented in the Turner Bequest by an etched outline worked up in watercolour, presumably by Turner (Tate D08110; Turner Bequest CXVI I).
1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, Turner’s Liber Studiorum, A Description and a Catalogue, London 1878, p.15.
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 37, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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