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 In this part we take a tour round the principal landmarks, and gather a few photographic and historical references.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

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

In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #1

Before taking our leave of Lucerne we should take stock of the sketches we have already seen in the Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, and complement those with a survey of Lucerne sketches in other sketchbooks. The chronology of Turner’s visits to the town is by no means fully established, and whilst we can be … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps around Lucerne: A survey of sketches, part #1

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