In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #8a-10; Lucerne from the Lake

Here we continue our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. Turner takes a boat across the lake towards Stansstad, and makes a sequence of sketches looking back towards Lucerne. J.M.W.Turner, Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, page 8a. Image source, Tate Turner took five sketches of the receding town. None are identified as Lucerne … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #8a-10; Lucerne from the Lake

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #7a-8; Lucerne Mountains and Ladies.

Here we continue our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. Having completed a survey of the town in previous pages, Turner now takes a panorama of the mountains over the lake, but ends up paying closer attention to the ladies on the promenade. [On a desktop, right click image for option to open … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #7a-8; Lucerne Mountains and Ladies.

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #7, Lucerne; back to the Wasserturm

Here we continue our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. Having completed in the previous pages a survey of the lake shore and the town walls, Turner returns to the subject sketched on the very first page. J.M.W.Turner, Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, page 7. Image source; Tate This is a quick panorama … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #7, Lucerne; back to the Wasserturm

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #6a, Lucerne; the extra mile

Here we continue to explore Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. Having completed in the previous pages a survey of the lake shore and town walls, Turner finally sought an overview of Lucerne’s situation in some distant views from the west. J.M.W.Turner, Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, page 6a. Image source, Tate Turner was always … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #6a, Lucerne; the extra mile

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #5a-6, Lucerne Museggmauer panorama

Here we continue to explore Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, tracing a route from the Hofkirche to above the Museggmauer, culminating in a panoramic view over the town to the lake and distant mountains. J.M.W.Turner, Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook f.5a. Image source; Tate In the fourth sketch of this sequence Turner found a … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #5a-6, Lucerne Museggmauer panorama

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #4a-5 Lucerne from the Museggmauer

Here we continue to explore Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, tracing a route from the Hofkirche roughly following the Brambergweg to viewpoints above the Museggmauer from where Turner enjoyed a series of panoramic views over the town to the lake and distant mountains. J.M.W.Turner, Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, f.4a. Image source, Tate In … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #4a-5 Lucerne from the Museggmauer

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #4 Hofkirche from the Museggmauer

Here we continue to explore Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. Following an excursion along the lake front from the Swan Hotel, we now turn on page 4 to begin a traverse of the Museggmauer, the old city walls of Lucerne, punctuated at intervals by a series of nine distinctive towers. The city of Lucerne … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #4 Hofkirche from the Museggmauer

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #3a Lucerne from near the Hofkirche

Here we continue to explore the sketches in Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, completing an excursion along the lake front from the Swan Hotel to some distance east of the Hofkirche. These sketches form the basis of a studio watercolour painted in 1845, from which we might infer that the visit was Turner’s last … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #3a Lucerne from near the Hofkirche

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #2a-3 Lucerne from the Swan Hotel to the Hofkirche

In this, the second full page-spread of Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, the artist continues an excursion from the Hotel Swan at Lucerne along the lake front in the direction of the Hofkirche. In the 1840s most of this distance was spanned by an old wooden covered bridge, the Hofbrucke. Today, the area is … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #2a-3 Lucerne from the Swan Hotel to the Hofkirche

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