'This drawing, though somewhat confused and unsatisfactory, contains much that will be interesting to artists in its execution. The finest part of it is the rounded hill in light behind the castle, and the winding valley and river under its cliffs.' These comments by Ruskin reveal yet again his concern to make plain Turner's technical achievements whilst writing his notes on these watercolours. In this view, and in that of Hirschhorn (no.11), it is possible to sense the unsettled wet weather which caused Turner to interrupt temporarily his planned itinerary during his journey to Switzerland in 1844.
Gallery label, September 2004