It may seem surprising that Ruskin chose this sketch, rather than one of the general views of Schaffhausen, which actually relate to the finished watercolour he had commissioned from Turner in 1845. However, this study allowed him to analyse the way Turner built up his composition: 'The square house is put just under the castle, partly to sustain it, partly to set off its pretty outline; but these two masses being nearly equal, and attracting the eye as such, a third, the oblique sail, is added, and puts all right...The carrying down the dark right-hand side of the house into a curve, gathered up to the left by the half of the sail, is especially Turneresque.'
Gallery label, August 2004
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