This is one of a group of four, previously unidentified, colour sketches of the
town of Landeck in the west of Austria. The town lies on the river Inn, and is dominated by its imposing, squat castle. Turner visited Landeck on his way to Venice in the summer of 1840.
This sheet is typical of the whole group
in that the colour was clearly laid in later, over the outlines. Turner worked
on all four images at the same time.
On the right you can see how he built
up layers of colour while his paint
was still wet.
Gallery label, September 2004
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