Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lausanne from the Valley of the Flon

1836

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29135
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 52 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn inverted in relation to the main numbered sequence of subjects in the sketchbook, this sketch records Lausanne Cathedral from the valley of the Flon to the west, with the church of St François to the right. The valley in front of the cathedral was shortly to become the site for the Grand Pont. Building work was begun in 1839 and the official opening was held on 1 October 1844. Turner returned to the site in the 1840s to make a number of sketches with the Grand Pont in place; see for example Tate D33562; Turner Bequest CCCXXXV 22, or a watercolour of Lausanne from the West (private collection).1

David Hill
June 2010

1
Sotheby’s sale, London, 4 July 2007 lot 3.

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