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
Watercolour on paper
support: 229 x 293 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Bay of Uri on Lake Lucerne, from Brunnen' circa 1841-2
Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Bay of Uri on Lake Lucerne, from Brunnen circa 1841-2
Gouache, pencil and watercolour on paper
support: 244 x 295 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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
Gouache, pencil and watercolour on paper
support: 229 x 289 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Lausanne: Sunset' 1841-2
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Lausanne: Sunset 1841-2
Gouache, pencil and watercolour on paper
support: 251 x 366 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856