Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Mountains Overlooking Lake Geneva

1802

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 213 × 212 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04575
Turner Bequest LXXIV 82

Catalogue entry

Finberg listed this as one of 22 leaves from this sketchbook found ‘in a parcel labelled by Mr. Ruskin – “M. 16. Leaves of S. 229. Laid down.” They have been mounted on cartridge by Mr. Ruskin.’ Evidently, Ruskin isolated these drawings because they were pencil outlines, without the additions of chalk or gouache found elsewhere in the sketchbook.
Turner’s subject is probably part of the mountainscape around the eastern end of Lake Geneva which he surveyed during his tour in 1802, as noted by David Hill.1 The initial ‘F’ indicates a commission from Walter Fawkes and thus probably a relationship to the background of Turner’s watercolour The Lake of Geneva from above Vevey made for Fawkes c.1809/10 (private collection).2 The ‘A’ might suggest another commission from the wine merchant John Allnutt (see also from this sketchbook D04571; Turner Bequest LXXIV 78).
1
David Hill, Turner in the Alps: The Journey through France and Switzerland in 1802, London 1992, p.95.
2
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.344 no.392.
Verso:
Laid down

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

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