Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Rigi, from near Lucerne, with an Island Chapel 1802

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Artist
Title
The Rigi, from near Lucerne, with an Island Chapel
From Lake Thun Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXVI
Date 1802
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 156 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04656
Turner Bequest LXXVI 8
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
The Rigi, from near Lucerne, with an Island Chapel 1802
D04656
Turner Bequest LXXVI 8
Pencil on white laid paper, 156 x 201 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘8’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXXVI 8’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Lake Lucerne see folio 7 of this sketchbook (D04655). This is Turner’s first view of the Rigi, the mountain whose changes of colour and lighting were to be favourite subjects when he returned to Lucerne in the 1840s. Its indistinct outline suggests he saw it towards the middle of the day, when the atmosphere typically becomes hazy.
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David Blayney Brown
January 2007

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