Joseph Mallord William Turner
Lake Como c.1843

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Lake Como
From Como and Splugen Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCXXXVIII
Date c.1843
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXXXVIII 4
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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.

September 2004

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