Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen 1841

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The Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen
Date 1841
Medium Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 232 x 295 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967
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The Schaffhausen Falls were one of the great natural spectacles of Europe. Turner had drawn them on his first trip to the Continent in 1802. Revisiting the site in the summer of 1841, the time of year when the falls are at their most dramatic, the waters of the Rhine swollen with melted snow from the Alps, Turner made at least ten drawings. Like the drawings of 1802, this example from the series has been executed on paper prepared with a grey wash. The turbulent, teeming water has been suggested by scraping through the wash to reveal the white paper beneath, while the fine spray has been captured by less vigorously lifting away some of the tint. Highlights have been added in pen and ink.

September 2004

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