Turner toured Switzerland every year from 1841 to 1844, each trip lasting an average of three months. He was fascinated by the dramatic landscape of the mountains, the ethereal effects of atmosphere and light, and by picturesque Swiss towns and shimmering Alpine lakes. The majority of watercolours in the Turner Bequest from the 1840s are devoted to Swiss subjects.
Freiburg is one of the most picturesque towns in Switzerland, noted for the series of medieval defensive towers and battlements sited on the cliffs which rise steeply behind it. Turner made a whole series of watercolours of the town in 1841, drawing it from every angle and exploiting the dramatic vistas from the cliffs.
Gallery label, September 2004