A sheet from the sketchbook that Turner devoted to the Swiss town of Fribourg in 1841. Like Luxembourg, Fribourg attracted him for its dramatic setting in a steep ravine. Its clusters of ancient houses huddled beneath precipices and its towers rising from rocky peaks formed a striking contrast of the natural and the man-made: urban civilisation could be seen to exist only tenuously in a wild and awe-inspiring setting.
Gallery label, June 1993
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