Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Wellhorn and Rosenlaui Glacier from below Rosenlaui

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 156 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04700
Turner Bequest LXXVI 43

Catalogue entry

Turner crossed the Great Scheidegg pass from Grindelwald to Meiringen, for which see folios 45, 46 of this sketchbook (D04702, D04703), then descended to the valley of Rosenlaui and the Reichanbach falls. Here, as identified by David Hill, he is looking back up the valley towards the Wellhorn at centre – with the mid-afternoon sun directly above – the Rosenlaui glacier and Barglistock to left and the Wetterhorn at right. As Finberg noted, the initial ‘F’ would indicate a commission from Walter Fawkes for a finished version of this subject. This was never carried out and conceivably the leaf was initialled in error, the intention being to reserve the subject on folio 41 (D04698) which is not marked in this way but was worked up for Fawkes.
Verso:
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Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘592’ top left, descending vertically

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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