Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lake Shore at Geneva; Moonrise

1802

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

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 138 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04436
Turner Bequest LXXIII 42

Catalogue entry

Turner’s inscription, meaning ‘Ditto’, refers to the previous page of this sketchbook, folio 41 (D04435), a view of Geneva made from the west of the city near the junctions of the Rivers Arve and Rhône. For Geneva see especially folio 5 (D04397), and also folios 35, 39–40, 43 and 44 (D04427, D04433–D04434, D04437, D04438). Here, if Le Môle is seen in the distance, Turner is sketching the harbour front. Confirming that Turner shows moon rather than sunrise, David Hill observes in correspondence with the author that the angle of vision is too far south-east for it to be the latter, but perfect for the former in summer.1 This is an atmospheric study of twilight, with masses and shadows rendered by hatching in pencil and the moon and its halo in white chalk.
1
Letter to David Blayney Brown, 4 April 2004, Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like