Joseph Mallord William Turner Vevay: Looking South-East along the Shore of Lake Geneva 1841

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Title
Vevay: Looking South-East along the Shore of Lake Geneva
From Fribourg, Lausanne and Geneva Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCXXXII
Date 1841
Medium Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Dimensions Support: 229 x 293 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33491
Turner Bequest CCCXXXII 21
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Ruskin was 'really provoked with Turner for not having completed the foreground of this lovely drawing, which most travellers in Switzerland will recognise with delight'. Had Turner developed this sketch as a more finished watercolour he would no doubt have included the kind of precisely rendered groups of figures that he introduced in the foregrounds of those works based on other sketches shown here. However, to modern eyes, his presentation of human activity in such an indistinct way, proves a satisfying means of unifying his composition, while at the same time suggesting the connection between his figures and their surroundings.

September 2004

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