Turner used a wonderful range of colourful washes to describe the general character of the magnificent Alpine scenery around the Swiss town of Schwyz. He then outlined the town itself in the middle distance in pen and used similar brown ink for the foreground details. This approach is characteristic of the watercolours he made in the 1840s. Pencil sketches relating to similar views of Schwyz date from 1843. Turner had been so taken with Switzerland during his first visit in1802, following the Peace of Amiens, that he returned a further five times.