Joseph Mallord William Turner The Citadel of Lausanne and the Lake of Geneva 1836

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The Citadel of Lausanne and the Lake of Geneva
From Val d'Aosta Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCXCIII
Date 1836
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 113 x 190 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 46 a
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Catalogue entry

Drawn inverted in relation to main numbered sequence of subjects in this sketchbook, this is the right section of a two-part panorama of the citadel of Lausanne from the north-west, in the vicinity of the Rue du Valentin with Lake Geneva beyond to the right, continued from the opposite page (D29124; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 47). The view is closer and very much more detailed than in the preceding double-spread (D29121–D19122; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 45a–46). Today the view across the Place de la Riponne is swamped by the huge Palais de Rumine, at the foot of the citadel and almost as large again, built in the early 1900s to house the University, Library and Museums.
For the full tour of the First Loan Collection see Warrell 1991, p.39.

David Hill
June 2010

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