Turner's watercolour view of Lake Geneva, with the Dent d'Oche, from above Lausanne. The simple wash of blues and pinks illustrate the lake and the mountains in the distance, with the foreground contrasting to this with dark green unfinished trees.
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Lake Geneva, with the Dent d'Oche, from above Lausanne
23.5 x 33.8 cm
Pencil and watercolour on paper
Date of work
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London; he remained a Londoner and kept a Cockney accent all his life despite dominating British landscape painting throughout the first half of the 19th century. He established a reputation in the Royal Academy, first as a topographical watercolourist and then within a few years as a painter of sublime and historical landscapes. From the mid-1790s he settled on the routine he maintained for much of his life: touring in summer and working in the studio in the winter months. He opened his own gallery and had many patrons and admirers as well as detractors. After his death a large body of his works in oil and watercolour was given to the British nation, with many on show at Tate Britain.