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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Grindelwald Church, the Wetterhorn Beyond 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Recto:
Grindelwald Church, the Wetterhorn Beyond 1802
Turner Bequest LXXVI 20
Pencil on white laid paper, 156 x 201 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘G’ bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘20’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXXVI 20’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Turner’s views of Grindelwald in this sketchbook, see especially folio19 (D04674), and for the village and Turner’s work there, the Rhine, Strassburg, Oxford sketchbook, especially folio 29 (Tate D04768; Turner Bequest LXXVII 29). David Hill notes this as Turner’s ‘first sketch of his first encounter’ with the surrounding mountainscape. He also notes that the viewpoint is from near the present Firstbahn station. The Wetterhorn rises behind the village church.

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Grindelwald Church, the Wetterhorn Beyond 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-grindelwald-church-the-wetterhorn-beyond-r1133150, accessed 21 September 2017.