Joseph Mallord William Turner Lake Geneva, with the Dent d’Oche, from above Lausanne 1841

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Lake Geneva, with the Dent d’Oche, from above Lausanne
From Lausanne Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCXXXIV
Date 1841
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 235 x 338 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXXXIV 10
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An example of Ruskin's occasionally idiosyncratic (and provocative) judgement can be found in his comments on this watercolour, which he thought was 'Out and out the worst sketch in the whole series; disgracefully careless and clumsy, but too beautiful in subject to be left out. Interesting also in its noticing of the long cypress-like lines of reflection, cast down so unaccountably from the crags. I am nearly certain Turner made the sketch on account of the curious echo which these reflections give to the cypresses'.

August 2004

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