Turner’s label for this drawing, also numbered ‘22’, reads ‘Mt Jungfrau, Starback’. For drawings of Lauterbrunnen from this sketchbook see note to D04623; Turner Bequest LXXV 31. As well as a view along the valley floor from near the village, Turner made this drawing from the village itself, depicting its famous feature, the Staubbachfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Europe which seems to overhang the chalets. The peak of the Jungfrau is glimpsed at top left. As David Hill notes, the village had a good inn, the Capricorn, situated opposite the waterfall, where Turner may have stayed.1 Certainly the effect of a sunny summer morning is vividly conveyed in the watercolour Turner based on this drawing, in which he included the water pump by the road and the large chalet (perhaps the inn?) on the right and added village women washing laundry to the foreground – familiar, homely motifs to counterbalance the sublimity of the falls and mountains. The watercolour Fall of the Staubach, in the Valley of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland was made in 1809 for Walter Fawkes (private collection)2 and listed in the Greenwich sketchbook (Tate D06824; Turner Bequest CII 52).
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘246’