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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.
Letter to David Blayney Brown, 4 April 2004, Tate catalogue files.
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