J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Geneva from the River Rhône 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 39 Recto:
Geneva from the River Rhône 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIII 39
Pencil on grey-buff laid paper, 138 x 215 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Geneva’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXIII 39’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Unlike many of the sketches in this sketchbook, this is a careful and closely observed study. For Geneva see especially folio 5 (D04397) and also folios 35 and 40–4 (D04427, D04434–D04438) where the majority of Turner’s sketches of the city are concentrated. David Hill, in correspondence with the author, has identified this view as taken from the Rhône.1
Letter to David Blayney Brown, 4 April 2004, Tate catalogue files

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Geneva from the River Rhône 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-geneva-from-the-river-rhone-r1133062, accessed 17 May 2022.