Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lake Geneva from near Vevey

1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 214 × 282 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04576
Turner Bequest LXXIV 83

Catalogue entry

Finberg listed this leaf as ‘part of a parcel labelled by Mr. Ruskin – “R. 277. Grenoble series. Inferior drawings.”’ The drawings in this group are pencil outlines, lacking the additions of chalk or gouache found elsewhere in the sketchbook. However, despite Ruskin’s stricture this sketch is quick rather than feeble and formed part of what David Hill describes as Turner’s ‘survey of the whole eastern end’ of Lake Geneva which led to the watercolour Lake of Geneva from above Vevey made c.1809/10 for Walter Fawkes (private collection).1 For another drawing from this sketchbook that appears to be part of the same ‘survey’ and is inscribed with the initial ‘F’ indicating Fawkes’s commission, see D04575; Turner Bequest LXXIV 82.
1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.344 no.392.
Verso:
See D40197

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

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