Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Laufenburg: Diligence and Travellers at a Landing Stage or Crossing Place; Distant Mountains

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 156 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04666
Turner Bequest LXXVI 14 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s title does not do justice to this subject. Besides the coach there may be a raft or boat in the foreground and at left is a large capstan or winch – not a house – to which the boat may be attached by a rope. A possible location for this sketch would be Laufenburg, where falls obstructed the progress of the Rhine and required boats to be raised and lowered for loading and unloading goods and passengers. For Laufenburg see chiefly folio 25 verso (D04681); there may be a further, very slight sketch of buildings in the town on the recto of the present leaf (D04665).

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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