In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #1a-2 Lucerne, Schwanenplatz

Turner visited Lucerne several times in the early 1840s. He stayed at the Swan Hotel which was built in 1835. The building survives intact, but no longer functions as a hotel. A first floor restaurant, however, maintains the traditions of hospitality. In Turner's day it was the newest hotel on the lake front, and the … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #1a-2 Lucerne, Schwanenplatz

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #1 Lucerne, Wasserturm and Kapellbrucke

Turner, like almost every visitor to Lucerne, started his exploration of the town at the covered bridge, the Kapellbrucke [Chapel Bridge]. This spans the River Reuss at its outflow from the Lake of Lucerne and is dominated by the spike of the Wasserturm [Water Tower]. The tower was built about 1330 as part of the … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #1 Lucerne, Wasserturm and Kapellbrucke

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: Back to the Beginning

The recent appearance of a Turner watercolour called ‘Lake Lucerne at Dusk’ at Sotheby’s Old Master Drawings sale in New York on 27 January reminds me of unfinished business. The very first article on Sublimesites.co was about a Turner watercolour of the Lungernsee which Turner visited and sketched whilst making a tour from Lucerne to … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: Back to the Beginning

Turner’s Mont Cenis revisited

I recently heard from the French scholar Roland Courtot. I have drawn on his work before, especially with regard to Sisteron. He has spent many years engaged in topographical research in relation to artists in the Alps. He has archived much of his work in the online research archive of the University of Aix-Marseille and … Continue reading Turner’s Mont Cenis revisited

Byron’s Europe: Plate 14, Port of Vathy, Ithaka, Greece

This is the seventeenth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we begin a mini tour through the Ionian islands, making our first landing on one of the bedrocks of Homeric poetry, the home of Odysseus. Ithaca, Greece, 1832 Engraved by Edward Finden after … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 14, Port of Vathy, Ithaka, Greece

Byron’s Europe: Plate 13, Patras, Greece

This is the sixteenth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we take our first footsteps on Greek soil and begin an encounter with both the ancient world and the contemporary East. Patras, Greece, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by George Cattermole, … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 13, Patras, Greece

Byron’s Europe: Plate 12, Valletta Harbour, Malta

This is the fifteenth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we enjoy a rest in Malta, a little Romance, and some timely musing on matters of Trade. Valletta Harbour, Malta, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by J.M.W.Turner.Etching and line engraving on … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 12, Valletta Harbour, Malta

Byron’s Europe: Plate 11, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

This is the fourteenth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to plate eleven which continues our journey eastwards across the Mediterranean. Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by W.Purser, based on a sketch by T.Little, Esq.Etching … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 11, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Byron’s Europe: Plate 10, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

This is the thirteenth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to plate ten which brings us into the Mediterranean at the outset of an extensive tour to the East. Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by William … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 10, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy