Joseph Mallord William Turner

Unterseen; the Village Square, Rathaus and Church, the Jungfrau in the Distance

1802

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Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 315 x 473 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04631
Turner Bequest LXXV 39

Catalogue entry

Turner’s label for this drawing, also numbered ‘15’, reads ‘Unterseen, Jungfrau’ and was evidently the basis for Finberg’s identification of the subject. Turner reached Unterseen, a large village on a spit of land between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz, by water from Thun. Hill imagines the artist and his travelling companion Newbey Lowson staying there overnight, and rejoining their transport which had been sent round by road from Thun. Hill notes that the weather must have been fine for their visit as the Jungfrau appears in this drawing without cloud. In another sketch at Unterseen from the same sketchbook, Turner drew villagers resting under fruit trees (D04633; Turner Bequest LXXV 41).
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
October 2011

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