View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
During 1845 Turner was at work on the more developed watercolour of this view, now in the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. Ruskin had commissioned it 'for the sake of the pines'. But in the finished work Turner 'cut all the pines down, by way of jest, and left only the bared red ground under them'. Although Ruskin honoured his side of the bargain by acquiring the completed drawing, he was dissatisfied and eventually arranged to exchange it for the view of Fluelen (based on no.37), which had been commissioned by H.A.J.Munro of Novar, another important collector of Turner's Swiss subjects.
Gallery label, September 2004