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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33636
Turner Bequest CCCXXXVIII 4

Display caption

These two views on Lake Como date from Turner's visit there in 1843, when he was apparently seen sketching by William Lake Price. Both sheets come from a 'roll' sketchbook where he worked mostly in pencil, but which also included four watercolour studies. Though Turner has adopted a radically distinct approach in each sketch, using his fingers to work the paint in the less detailed image, they actually show almost the same view from within the harbour at Como.

Gallery label, September 2004

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