In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #25 At Brienz

Continuing our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, the artist here completes his crossing of the Brunig Pass and stays overnight at Brienz. He witnesses effects of evening and morning over the lake, and rekindles memories of his first visit to the town forty years earlier. Best viewed full size. On a desktop … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #25 At Brienz

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #24 Descent of the Brunig

Here we continue our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. In the last part we left Turner arriving at the summit of the Brunig Pass to discover that a view promised by Murray’s Handbook for Travellers in Switzerland did not in fact exist. Murray claimed a view back to the Lungernsee and Mont … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #24 Descent of the Brunig

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #23 Ascent of the Brunig

Here we resume our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook, leaving Lungern along the old mule track towards the Brunig Pass. Best viewed full size. On a desktop right click and open in a new tab. Close tab to return to this page The Brunig Pass connects Lungern with the Haslithal, and hence … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #23 Ascent of the Brunig

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #22 Lungernsee

Here we continue our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook and arrive at the Lungernsee at the foot of the Brunig Pass. The site left a profound impression on him. Lungernsee, first glimpse from the train. Professor David Hill, 28 May 2014 Mountains circa 1841 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #22 Lungernsee

In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #21 Giswil and the Kaiserstuhl

Here we continue our journey through Turner’s Between Lucerne and Thun sketchbook. In the last part he passed through Sachseln and here he reaches Giswil and ascends the Kaiserstuhl towards Lungern. As the char trundled along he accidentally turned over two pages of his sketchbook so we pick up the sequence on the succeeding page … Continue reading In Turner’s Footsteps between Lucerne and Thun: #21 Giswil and the Kaiserstuhl

A Twopeny Portfolio: #5 The Old Bridge, Oxford

This is the fifth work of twenty-five bought in a lot of Sundry Drawings and Watercolours, offered at Anderson & Garland Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne, 21 March 2-17, lot 46 as Various Artists (British 19th Century) Sundry drawings and watercolours, mainly topographical and floral studies, including a grisaille "South Gate Lynn, Norfolk", bearing the signature … Continue reading A Twopeny Portfolio: #5 The Old Bridge, Oxford

Rediscovering Kilnsey

Readers might have wondered at the recent inactivity of Sublimesites.co. Old friends will know such lapses are not infrequent. But I have not been idle. In fact I have been rummaging in a box of transparencies dating back to 1983, and encountering my former self. The occasion of all this was a Turner watercolour that … Continue reading Rediscovering Kilnsey

England and Wales Revisited: #35 Holy Island, Northumberland

This is the second instalment of a new series of articles in which I will revisit each of the 96 sites depicted by J.M.W.Turner in his series of engravings ‘Picturesque View in England and Wales’. These were published over a period of ten years between 1827 and 1837 but represent subjects drawn from his entire … Continue reading England and Wales Revisited: #35 Holy Island, Northumberland

England and Wales Revisited: # 34 Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

J.T.Willmore after J.M.W.Turner R.A.Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 1832Etching and engraving, image 164 x 233, on plate 246 x 302, printed in black ink on india paper, 241 x 298, bonded to backing sheet of heavyweight white wove paper, not watermarked 399 x 562 mmInscribed in neat script centred below image, ‘Engrvd by J.T.Willmore from a Drawing … Continue reading England and Wales Revisited: # 34 Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Turner and Scotland #2: Loch Lomond from Colonel Lascelles’ monument, 1801

This article returns to a subject briefly visited in an article of 10 April 2016 in which I discussed a Turner watercolour of Ben Arthur from near Arrochar. I had not time then to investigate the subject in any detail, but finally last week managed to visit the exact spot. Regular readers will know that … Continue reading Turner and Scotland #2: Loch Lomond from Colonel Lascelles’ monument, 1801