Colour and Line, room guide, Switzerland 1840s

Switzerland drew Turner back year after year during the 1840s. The landscape combined all the elements he loved: mountains, lakes, architecture and beautiful light.

For these Swiss watercolours he used pure washes of strong, vibrant colour on white paper. Often one wash merges into another, creating a sense of indistinctness. But unlike the Venetian watercolours, here the hazy washes are overlaid with more detailed brushwork which creates structure and clarity.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Mont Pilatus: Sunset’ 1841
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Mont Pilatus: Sunset 1841
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘The Bay of Uri on Lake Lucerne, from Brunnen’ c.1841–2
Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Bay of Uri on Lake Lucerne, from Brunnen c.1841–2
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Bellinzona from the Road to Locarno: Sample Study’ 1841
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Bellinzona from the Road to Locarno: Sample Study 1841
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Lausanne: Sunset’ 1841–2
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Lausanne: Sunset 1841–2
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