Monte Rosa (or the Mythen, near Schwytz) about 1836
Alpine peaks and glacial valleys provided Turner with perfect subjects for exploring the effects of coloured light through atmospheric mist. He seized the full potential of watercolour to evoke the magnificent scale and natural splendour of the Swiss scenery. This work was probably made sometime around 1836, during his first visit when touring France, Switzerland and the Val d'Aosta, when he was accompanied by the young Scottish landowner, amateur painter and enthusiastic patron, Hugh Munro of Novar.

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Patronage

The support given to artists by an individual or organisation, usually through buying or funding their work.

Watercolour

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

Patronage , Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. D NG 887
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size 24.30 x 33.90 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900