Joseph Mallord William Turner
Fribourg: The Descent from the Hôtel de Ville c.1841

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Fribourg: The Descent from the Hôtel de Ville
From Fribourg Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCXXXV
Date c.1841
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 235 x 336 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXXXV 14
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A sheet from the sketchbook that Turner devoted to the Swiss town of Fribourg in 1841. Like Luxembourg, Fribourg attracted him for its dramatic setting in a steep ravine. Its clusters of ancient houses huddled beneath precipices and its towers rising from rocky peaks formed a striking contrast of the natural and the man-made: urban civilisation could be seen to exist only tenuously in a wild and awe-inspiring setting.

June 1993

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