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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Lake Thun; Distant View of Spiez 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Lake Thun; Distant View of Spiez 1802
Turner Bequest LXXVI 4
Pencil on white laid paper, 156 x 201 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXXVI 4’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a number of sketches in this book made during Turner’s passage by boat from Thun to Unterseen; for the journey see note to folio 1 (D04649). It appears to be a more distant view of the town and bay of Spiez, on the southern shore of the lake, of which there is a closer view on folio 5 (D04653). Spiez was perhaps Turner’s next port of call after Oberhofen, for which see folio 67 (D04727).

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Lake Thun; Distant View of Spiez 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-lake-thun-distant-view-of-spiez-r1133127, accessed 23 August 2017.