J.M.W. Turner The 'Lucerne' Sketchbook

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The sketchbook reproduced within this unique publication includes watercolour sketches Turner made on his final trip to Lucerne, capturing the beautiful Mount Rigi, a landscape he returned to again and again. Turner made these skecthes after painting his famous The Blue Rigi, Sunrise 1842 and they reveal his masterful hand as he portrays the ever-changing moods of the Swiss Alps, tantalisingly depicted through rainy showers, sunbeams flitering through clouds and rainbows across the blue mountain peaks.

This edition of the sketchbook reproduces Turner's watercolours in near-facsimile, with an illustrated introduction by Turner curator David Blayney Brown that discusses their background and impact. The images across the pages of the 'Lucerne' sketchbook are as fresh as when they were made. Splashes of paint and finger smudges bring the hand of the master to life.

Turner's sketchbooks were private things which he kept to himself. They might live for some time in his coat pockets or travel bags, to be pulled out as the need arose. In the studio, they served as memory banks for future work.


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