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Fall of the Rhine at Schaffhausen

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Turner was among the most original landscape painters of the nineteenth century. In 1802 he visited the Swiss Alps, making more than four hundred drawings that he used for decades as source material for grand paintings. Turner captured the force of the famous waterfall at Schaffhausen by...

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February 1807, sold by the artist to Sir John Fleming Leicester (b. 1762 - d. 1827), 1st Lord de Tabley [see note 1]; until 1912, by descent within the family to Lord Cuthbert Leicster Warren and his wife; 1912, sold by Lady Leicester Warren to Arthur J. Sulley and Agnew, London (joint account; Agnew stock no. J1615); 1913, sold by Agnew and Sulley to the MFA for $95,460. (Accession Date: September 4, 1913) NOTES: [1] The date of sale was possibly February 9. He returned "The Shipwreck" (London, Tate Gallery) to Turner in partial exchange for the "Fall of the Rhine at Schaffhausen," paying an additional 50 guineas. Provenance is taken from Douglas Hall, "The Tabley House Papers," Walpole Society, 38 (1960-1962): 93; Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, "The Paintings of J. M. W. Turner," rev. ed. (New Haven and London, 1984), p. 48, cat. no. 61; and information provided by the Getty Provenance Index.

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Bequest of Alice Marian Curtis, and Special Picture Fund

about 1805–06


148.6 x 239.7 cm (58 1/2 x 94 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas