Ruskin was 'really provoked with Turner for not having completed the foreground of this lovely drawing, which most travellers in Switzerland will recognise with delight'. Had Turner developed this sketch as a more finished watercolour he would no doubt have included the kind of precisely rendered groups of figures that he introduced in the foregrounds of those works based on other sketches shown here. However, to modern eyes, his presentation of human activity in such an indistinct way, proves a satisfying means of unifying his composition, while at the same time suggesting the connection between his figures and their surroundings.
Gallery label, September 2004
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- Lake Geneva(87)