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Falls of the Rhine at Schaffhausen, Front View About 1841

Not on display

Turner had visited the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen on his first visit to Switzerland and they became one of his favourite subjects. He returned to them and made several studies, some of which were worked up into larger paintings. For this study he prepared the paper with a wash of grey before applying other colours and then rubbed and scraped into the surface to achieve the effects of spray and moisture laden air. He conveyed the scale of the Falls by including the figures in the boats. Made in 1841, this is one of three studies of the subject in the Scottish National Gallery's collection.

Glossary Open


A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.



  • Acc. No. D NG 867
  • Medium Watercolour, bodycolour, pen and ink detail and scraping on paper
  • Size 23.10 x 28.80 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900