Joseph Mallord William Turner

Schaffhausen; the Rhinefall and Laufen Castle

1802

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 555 × 724 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04878
Turner Bequest LXXIX D

Catalogue entry

See notes to D04875; Turner Bequest LXXIX A for Turner’s series of five large drawings of the Rhine and Rhinefall at Schaffhausen, made as he followed the river below the falls. Here, he is positioned below Laufen Castle, near the landing stage for the ferry which crossed the river; the falls are to the left. As noted under D04875, this drawing is reminiscent of P.J. de Loutherbourg’s frontal view of the falls painted in 1788 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).
Technical notes:
For the paper and preparation see D04875.
Verso:
Laid down

David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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