In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #14a-15 By char to Sarnen

Here we continue our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. On the previous page we left Turner travelling by char through Alpnach en route for Sarnen. Here his sketches prompt some consideration of his latest mode of travel. Turner's Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, Tate, open at pages 14a-15 The left page contains … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #14a-15 By char to Sarnen

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #13a-14 Landing at Alpnach

Here we continue our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. On the previous page we left Turner in afternoon sunshine being rowed across the Alpnachersee. On this page we land at the head of the lake and continue our journey by road to the village of Alpnach. Turner's Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #13a-14 Landing at Alpnach

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #12a-13 From Stanstaad across the Alpnachersee

Here we continue our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. On this page we set out by boat from Stansstad across the Alpnachersee. The modern steamer takes about twenty minutes. Turner appears to have hired a rowing boat with a couple of oarsmen. Giving himself sufficient time to set down the views en … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #12a-13 From Stanstaad across the Alpnachersee

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #11a-12 Arrival at Stansstad

Here we resume our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. We left Turner enjoying a boat ride across the Lake of Lucerne and taking in panoramas of Mont Pilatus in one direction and of the Burgenstock in another. Turner's Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, Tate, open at pages 11a-12 This double-page spread records … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #11a-12 Arrival at Stansstad

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

In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #4

Here we continue In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne, examining drawings in three sketchbooks besides the Between Lucerne and Thun that is our main subject. Here we turn to the second sketchbook in the sequence. (2) TB CCCXXXI Lake of Zug and Goldau sketchbook, ?1842 A letter-box format paperbound pocket book, containing as endpapers part of … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #4

In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #3

Here we continue in Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne, examining drawings in the first of three sketchbooks in addition to the Between Lucerne and Thun that is our main subject. TB CCCXXVIII Lucerne and Berne sketchbook, (continued) 02v as ‘Lucerne, with Pilatus c.1841’ Image source, Tate The existing title of Pilatus is wrong. Mont Pilatus is not … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #3

In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #2

Here we continue in Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne, with the first of three sketchbooks in addition to the Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook that has been our main subject in previous instalments. Turner visited Lucerne on each of his annual Swiss tours between 1841 and 1844, but it is difficult to give certain dates to … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #2