Joseph Mallord William Turner

Goldau, with the Lake of Zug in the Distance: Sample Study

c.1842–3

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Dimensions
Support: 228 x 290 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36131
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 281

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

Explore