Lucerne from the Walls

Title: Lucerne from the Walls
Date: 1842
Artist(s): Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:1775-05-23 probably, died:1851-12-19)
Materials: Watercolour; Wove paper; Scratching out
Information: Turner made four trips to Switzerland between 1841 and 1844. The writer John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) commissioned this watercolour and several others after he saw Turner’s sketches from the first of these trips.

This late watercolour illustrates Turner’s preoccupation with capturing the atmosphere of a place. He returned to Lucerne several times to record the changing play of light on the town’s buildings and Mount Rigi in the background. In this view he illustrates the town bathed in early evening light.
Accession no: LL 3772
Credit line: Purchased by the Trustees of the Lady Lever Art Gallery in 1925
Location: Item not currently on display