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
D29136
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 53

Catalogue entry

Here Lausanne Cathedral is seen from the valley of the Flon to the west, with the church of St Francois to the right, in a closer view than on the opposite page (D29135; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 52a). The figures sitting in the foreground give the impression of a relaxed and leisured city. The weather must have been warm and most of Turner’s sketches at Lausanne have an unhurried feel, although the town is so hilly that it must have involved considerable work to reach his viewpoints.

David Hill
June 2010

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