This tranquil morning scene depicts Arth, a small municipality situated at the southern end of Lake Zug in the valley between the Rigi and the Rossberg in Switzerland. The building rising up from the edge of the lake is the seventeenth century parish church of Sts Georg and Zeno.
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Arth, on the Lake of Zug, Early Morning, Sample Study
The EY Exhibition: Late Turner - Painting Set Free
22.8 x 29cm
Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Date of work
Original: Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper 22.8 x 29 cm Tate. Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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.