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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Laufenburg from the Rhine 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 74 Recto:
Laufenburg from the Rhine 1802
Turner Bequest LXXVI 74
Pencil on white laid paper
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘74’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXXVI 74’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg noted that the leaf was ‘somewhat rubbed, and damaged by mildew, owing to decomposition of the tissue paper on which it had been mounted’. This is a more finished drawing than most in this sketchbook, presumably with subsequent reworkings to the initial sketch made on the spot. Shading and hatching indicate gradations of tone, and the addition of groups of figures builds a pictorial feeling. Technically the sketch is rather analogous to that of Laufenburg, folio 25 verso of this sketchbook (D04681), of which, although in a somewhat different version, Turner made a Liber Studiorum subject. However, no subsequent development of the present subject is known.
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘239...’ (crossed out) and ‘246’ top left, descending vertically

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Laufenburg from the Rhine 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-laufenburg-from-the-rhine-r1133211, accessed 22 October 2021.