Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lausanne, from the West

1841

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Dimensions
Support: 235 x 331 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33527
Turner Bequest CCCXXXIV 3

Display caption

Turner made a substantial number of watercolours while at Lausanne in 1841. He had also paused there five years before during a tour of the Alps with his friend H.A.J.Munro of Novar. In the intervening years work had begun on the viaduct known as the Grand-Pont, which spans the valley between the two halves of the town. It may have been this new feature that encouraged Turner to make more distant views from the western side of the town in 1841, and especially from the valley itself. Ruskin commented that it was characteristic of Turner in these sketches to record 'views of things which nobody else would have thought of'.

Gallery label, August 2004

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