Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vevay: Looking South-East along the Shore of Lake Geneva

1841

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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