Turner's sketchbooks were private things which he kept to
himself. They might live for some time, rolled up in his coat
pockets or travel bags, to be pulled out as need arose. In the
studio, they served as memory banks for future work.
The sketchbook reproduced within this unique publication
includes watercolour sketches Turner made on his trip to Lucerne
in Switzerland capturing the beautiful Rigi mountain, a landscape
he returned to again and again. Drawn back to the mountains,
Turner made these sketches after the famous The Blue Rigi, Sunrise
1842, and they reveal his masterful hand as he portrays the ever
changing moods of the Swiss-Alps, tantalising depicted through
rainy showers, sunbeams filtering through clouds and rainbows
cast across the blue mountain peaks.
This edition of the sketchbook reproduces all these beautiful
watercolours in facsimile, with an illustrated introduction by
Turner expert David Blayney Brown discussing their background