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