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

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

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: Frontispiece; Gibraltar

This the third instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we look at the image chosen to serve as the frontispiece to the whole series, a view of Gibraltar by Turner. Splendid as it certainly is, its relationship with Byron’s Life … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Frontispiece; Gibraltar