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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Lake Brienz 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Lake Brienz 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIV 50
Pencil, black chalk and white gouache on greyish-buff laid paper, 212 x 282 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXIV 50’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s view in this drawing is along the north bank of Lake Brienz towards the Castle of Ringgenberg. Via a colour study (Tate D04896; Turner Bequest LXXX C) he developed the subject into a finished watercolour, c.1809, for Thomas Wright of Upton (Bowood Collection).1 Wright’s name appears, perhaps with the dimensions ‘27½ x 12½’ (approximately those of the Bowood watercolour if height and width are reversed) and the price of ‘20 G’, in the front of the album compiled by Turner of his best drawings from the 1802 tour (see Introduction and Technical notes to this sketchbook). ‘Lake of Brientz’ is also listed there, but alongside another name, probably Walter Fawkes.
Wilton 1979, p.344 no.391.
Blank, inscribed perhaps by a later hand in pencil ‘6’, and in a different hand ‘154’

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Lake Brienz 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-lake-brienz-r1146408, accessed 28 November 2021.