Joseph Mallord William Turner

Arth, on the Lake of Zug. Early Morning: Sample Study


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Support: 228 × 290 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 280

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Arth is situated at the southern end of the Lake of Zug in the valley between the Rigi and the Rossberg. In Turner's depiction, the only building to be clearly distinguished is the seventeenth century parish church of Sts Georg and Zeno, which rises up from the edge of the lake. In the fifth volume of 'Modern Painters', Ruskin suggested that Turner thought of this tranquil morning scene as the contrasting pair to the sunset at Goldau (no.27). The first owner of the finished version of this view was not Ruskin, but Turner's friend and sometime travelling companion, H.A.J.Munro of Novar. During the last decade of Turner's life, the two collectors often competed to acquire his best work.

Gallery label, February 1995

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