Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Lake of Brienz

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 154 x 240 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04773
Turner Bequest LXXVII 33

Catalogue entry

This is probably a view of Lake Brienz towards Ringgenberg Castle, similar to that on folio 46 verso of this sketchbook (D04791). Combined, these two views may have been the basis of a chalk elaboration in the Grenoble series (Tate D04543; Turner Bequest LXXIV 50), which in turn was translated into a colour study, about 1809 (Tate D04896; Turner Bequest LXXX C). This last served for the finished watercolour made around the same time for Thomas Wright (Bowood Collection).1

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.344 no.391.

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