Joseph Mallord William Turner

Laufenburg from the Rhine

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 200 x 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04734
Turner Bequest LXXVI 74

Catalogue entry

Finberg noted that the leaf was ‘somewhat rubbed, and damaged by mildew, owing to decomposition of the tissue paper on which it had been mounted’. This is a more finished drawing than most in this sketchbook, presumably with subsequent reworkings to the initial sketch made on the spot. Shading and hatching indicate gradations of tone, and the addition of groups of figures builds a pictorial feeling. Technically the sketch is rather analogous to that of Laufenburg, folio 25 verso of this sketchbook (D04681), of which, although in a somewhat different version, Turner made a Liber Studiorum subject. However, no subsequent development of the present subject is known.
Verso:
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Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘239...’ (crossed out) and ‘246’ top left, descending vertically

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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