J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner Boats and Figures on a Lake (?Urnersee, Lake Lucerne), Mountains Beyond 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
Boats and Figures on a Lake (?Urnersee, Lake Lucerne), Mountains Beyond 1802
D04808
Turner Bequest LXXVIII 11
Pencil on white laid paper, 163 x 198 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXVIII 11’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner turned the sketchbook round to landscape format to make this sketch. It is one of three in the sketchbook showing boats or boatmen (see also folios 9 and 10, D04806, D04807). David Hill suggests that this sketch was made on the Urnersee, the eastern end of Lake Lucerne, and the others were presumably made at the same time; folio 10 has a more finished, coloured study of a boatman similar to a figure seen here. The Royal Academy exhibition catalogue of 1974 had earlier speculated that the location was Thun.
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David Blayney Brown
May 2003

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Boats and Figures on a Lake (?Urnersee, Lake Lucerne), Mountains Beyond 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2003, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-boats-and-figures-on-a-lake-urnersee-lake-lucerne-mountains-r1133513, accessed 23 August 2014.