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The Lake of Thun, Switzerland


c. 1802-1810



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Lake Thun, Switzerland


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An intersting note in the Lot Essay on topographical accuracy: 'As Ruskin said, the exact details of the mountains were of subsidiary importance - the artist conflated details from each of his sketches - with the result that the Niesen at the left is barely recognisable, although the Stockhorn at the right is more so. Memory of place, however, is not some sort of picture-postcard, a snapshot of scenic topography - it is compounded of details and fragments, incidents and sensations, a rag-bag of particularities that serve to verify our knowledge'.