Joseph Mallord William Turner?Lucerne 1802

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From Rhine, Strassburg and Oxford Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXVII
Date 1802
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 154 x 240 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXVII 41
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 41 Recto:
?Lucerne 1802
Turner Bequest LXXVII 41
Pencil on white wove paper, 154 x 240 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil (see main catalogue entry) bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXVII – 41’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg recorded that this sheet together with those now bound as folios 40 and 42 (D04783, D04785) were ‘found in a parcel labelled “A.B.30 P.O. Pencil and colour. Valueless.”’ His reading of Turner’s inscription as ‘Brn’, indicating Brienz, is not convincing. The inscription is in fact hard to decipher. It could also read ‘Lzrn’, indicating Lucerne of which there are sketches on folios 36 (D04777) and probably another on folio 42 (D04785). Although very perfunctory, the sketch would not be inconsistent with Lucerne seen from across the River Reuss. Ian Warrell also suggests Basle.
Inscribed in an unknown hand in pencil ‘“A.B.30.P.P.”’ lower centre

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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