Joseph Mallord William Turner
Swiss Towns 1842

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Swiss Towns
From Lake of Zug and Goldau Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCXXXI
Date 1842
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 173 x 73 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXXXI 20 a
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This spread demonstrates how Turner would sometimes fill each page of his smaller sketchbooks with several drawings. This book consists of blank sheets bound into an Almanack, dated 1842, which includes details of religous holidays, 'Places of Amusement open to the Public gratuitously', and Post Office Regulations. Turner used it on his 1842 tour of Switzerland, as is confirmed by his inscription of 'July 5' on folio 21 verso, for it was only on this trip that he was abroad on that date.

September 2004

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