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

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