Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #7

This article concludes the consideration of Turner’s watercolour and 1836 engraving of the harbour at Calais. In the previous instalment I claimed that the engraving was representative of the cutting edge of image technology. Here I propose that the same edge cuts through the content. The lighthouse itself is a beacon to modernity. Though lighthouses … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #7

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #6

This article continues the consideration of Turner’s watercolour and 1836 engraving of the harbour at Calais. In the previous instalment we contrasted Turner's view with some more straightforward treatments of the subject. Here we begin to explore the range of aspects woven into it. A dreamwork is churned first in the imagination of the artist, … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #6

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #5

This article continues the consideration of Turner’s watercolour and 1836 engraving of the harbour at Calais. In the last we encountered numerous issues with Turner's rendition of the key landmarks. Here we begin to wonder what might be made of his waywardness. Calais, an illustration to Walter Scott's 'Tales of a Grandfather', i.e. Calais Harbour, … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #5

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #4

This article continues the consideration of Turner’s watercolour of the harbour at Calais and its 1836 engraving. In the previous instalments we took a tour round the principal landmarks, and gathered together Turner’s sketches. We can now review the watercolour and engraving in the light of Turner’s observations and interests. Calais, an illustration to Walter … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #4

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #3

This article continues the consideration of Turner’s watercolour and 1836 engraving of the harbour at Calais. In part 2 we took a tour round the principal landmarks, and gathered a few photographic references. Here, we complete our survey of other sketches by Turner that might have proved useful references in the development of the watercolour. … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #3

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #2

This article continues the consideration of Turner’s watercolour of the harbour at Calais and its 1836 engraving. In this part we take a tour round the principal landmarks, and gather a few photographic and historical references. Calais, an illustration to Walter Scott's 'Tales of a Grandfather', i.e. Calais Harbour, with the church of Notre Dame, … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #2

Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #1

Calais, an illustration to Walter Scott's 'Tales of a Grandfather', i.e. Calais Harbour, with the church of Notre Dame, Tour du Guet, Hotel de Ville and Porte de Mer, c.1834Watercolour vignette, image approx 152 x 102 mm, on sheet, 444 x 345 mmFrance, Calais, Musee du CalaisImage Sotheby’s 8 June 1999, lot 25 This article … Continue reading Lights will guide you home: Turner at Calais #1

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #10a-11 Villa Stutz, Pilatus and Burgenstock

Here we resume our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. Turner continues his boat journey to Stansstad, admiring the splendid Villa Stutz en route and enjoying panoramas of Mont Pilatus in one direction and of the Burgenstock in another. 10v as ‘Castle on Rock; Also View of Pilatus [Turner], Etc.’. Image source, Tate … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #10a-11 Villa Stutz, Pilatus and Burgenstock

In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #6

Here we continue In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne, examining drawings of the town in addition to those in the Between Lucerne and Thun that is our main subject. Here we complete the survey [at least until others are identified] with three drawings on individual sheets of grey paper. Their date, I ought to admit, is … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #6

In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #5

Here we continue In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne, examining drawings in three sketchbooks in addition to those in the Between Lucerne and Thun that is our main subject. Here we turn to the third sketchbook in the sequence. (3) TB CCXCVII Spires and Heidelberg sketchbook, ?1844 A medium sized rectangular notebook bound in boards covered … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #5