Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lake Brienz and Ringgenberg Castle

c.1809

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 296 x 440 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04896
Turner Bequest LXXX C

Catalogue entry

This colour study is based on a monochrome drawing from the Grenoble sketchbook that Turner used while travelling in 1802 (Tate D04543; Turner Bequest LXXIV 50). The view is of Lake Brienz, looking westwards towards Unterseen and Ringgenberg Castle, silhouetted against evening sun. It was made in preparation for a watercolour for Thomas Wright of Upton (Bowood Collection).1
See Tate D04898; Turner Bequest LXXX E for another colour study of the same lake by moonlight, developed in a finished version for Walter Fawkes.
1
Wilton 1979 p.344 no.391.
Verso:
Blank
Technical notes:
The paper is without watermark. The image is reduced somewhat by ruled edges, 280 x 394 mm, perhaps indicating a smaller size for a finished version, or the window of a mount.

David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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