Schwyz about 1843
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.

Glossary Open

Peace of Amiens

A treaty signed in 1802 bringing about a short-lived peace between Britain and France prior to the Napoleonic Wars.

Wash

A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Peace of Amiens, Wash, Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. D NG 863
  • Medium Watercolour over traces of black chalk with touches of pen and brown ink on paper
  • Size 22.60 x 28.80 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900