Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats and Figures on a Lake (?Urnersee, Lake Lucerne), Mountains Beyond

1802

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 163 x 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04808
Turner Bequest LXXVIII 11

Catalogue entry

Turner turned the sketchbook round to landscape format to make this sketch. It is one of three in the sketchbook showing boats or boatmen (see also folios 9 and 10, D04806, D04807). David Hill suggests that this sketch was made on the Urnersee, the eastern end of Lake Lucerne, and the others were presumably made at the same time; folio 10 has a more finished, coloured study of a boatman similar to a figure seen here. The Royal Academy exhibition catalogue of 1974 had earlier speculated that the location was Thun.
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David Blayney Brown
May 2003

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