For Brienz see folio 34 of this sketchbook (D04774). The present view from the quay towards the Faulhorn range together with the other sketch from the water may have suggested a pair of watercolours recalling a day’s excursion on the lake, departing in the morning and returning in the evening. The sketch of the quay was realised in a finished watercolour dated 1809, commissioned by Sir John Swinburne (British Museum, London).1 Sir John may have made his choice from the more developed intermediate study in the Grenoble series (Tate D04536; Turner Bequest LXXIV 43). This was probably Sir John’s first commission from Turner. He was a close friend of Walter Fawkes, who perhaps introduced him to Turner and who bought the evening view of the lake. For Fawkes’s commissions of watercolours whose subjects originated in this sketchbook, see folios 24 and 36 (D04774, D04777).
Wilton 1979, p.343 no.386.