B. Stanton, Tell's Chapel, Lake of Lucerne - 19th-century graphite drawing

An original 19th-century graphite drawing, B. Stanton Tell's Chapel, Lake of Lucerne, Switzerland.

A picturesque Swiss view. Tell's Chapel marks the spot on the bank of the Lake Lucerne where Swiss hero William Tell escaped the boat of his captor, the brutal ruler Albrecht Gessler. From there Tell ambushed and killed Gessler with an arrow, launching the young Confederacy's rebellion against Austrian rule. Earlier in the century J.M.W. Turner sketched Tell's Chapel on his voyage to Fluelen. There is a watercolour painting on the verso of the paper of the Alpine mountains of Todi and Titlis from Rigi.

Unsigned. Inscribed lower left: "Lake of Lucerne, Tell's Chapel - New road along the side of the rock from Brunnen to Fluelen".
Minor foxing as shown.
13.7cm x 22.3cm.

This work comes from a collection of drawings and watercolours by B. Stanton. The artist evidently travelled widely in the UK and in Ireland and Switzerland, recording picturesque landscapes and local landmarks. The drawings feature natural beauty spots such as views in the Lake District and County Kerry in Ireland, as well as impressive man-made structures - both feats of engineering such as the Menai Bridge, and romantic ruins such as Beaumaris and Carew Castle in Wales. The artist draws with charming attention to detail, featuring small figures, birds, boats and panoramic townscapes to give the landscapes a sense of scale and grandeur.

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Product code: JD-733

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