Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Goldau, with the Lake of Zug in the Distance: Sample Study
Medium Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Dimensions Support: 228 x 290 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 281
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In 1842–3 Turner produced a group of ‘sample studies’ of Swiss subjects. Somewhere between sketches and fully worked-up paintings, they were intended to persuade patrons to commission completed watercolours. John Ruskin commissioned a finished version of this design. He considered Turner’s Swiss watercolours to be his supreme achievement.
Goldau had been the site of a rockfall in 1806. The massive boulders in the foreground recall this tragic event.
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