The uppermost study depicts a view of the northern shore of the lake looking east. Turner has labelled the visible lakeside villages which are, from left to right, Oria, Albogasio and San Mamete. The fourth sketch from the top meanwhile represents a view looking in the opposite direction, west, towards the distinctive peak of Monte San Salvatore with the village of Gandria on the right.
In addition to his sketches of the topography Turner appears to have been very interested in the tones and colours of the area. This sheet contains a note concerning the appearance of an olive grove. Furthermore, he appears to have numbered some of the distant peaks in the scene, which perhaps represents a record of the scale of tonality within the view.
See Crimi 2007, pp.30–1.
- Lake Lugano(11)