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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk, gouache and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 212 x 282 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04543
Turner Bequest LXXIV 50

Catalogue entry

Turner’s view in this drawing is along the north bank of Lake Brienz towards the Castle of Ringgenberg. Via a colour study (Tate D04896; Turner Bequest LXXX C) he developed the subject into a finished watercolour, c.1809, for Thomas Wright of Upton (Bowood Collection).1 Wright’s name appears, perhaps with the dimensions ‘27½ x 12½’ (approximately those of the Bowood watercolour if height and width are reversed) and the price of ‘20 G’, in the front of the album compiled by Turner of his best drawings from the 1802 tour (see Introduction and Technical notes to this sketchbook). ‘Lake of Brientz’ is also listed there, but alongside another name, probably Walter Fawkes.
1
Wilton 1979, p.344 no.391.
Verso:
Blank, inscribed perhaps by a later hand in pencil ‘6’, and in a different hand ‘154’

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

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