Between 1802 and 1844 Turner visited Switzerland six times. He became so enamoured of the landscape that it inspired him to produce some of his greatest masterpieces. For details of Turner's itineraries of his trips to Switzerland during this period see J. Russell and A. Wilton, Turner in Switzerland, Zurich, 1976, pp. 34-7.
In his article, op.cit., p. 41, Finberg dates this watercolour to circa 1836. A number of drawings of Geneva are in the Tate Study Collection TB CCCXLII, nos 1,11,85 and 86. The closest drawing to the present composition, executed from the same viewpoint, and showing additional details of the watermills to the right of the foreground, is TB CCXCIII, pp. 55A-56. The Tate also holds two further watercolours of the mountains above Lake Geneva, both on Creswick paper dated 1818, with a comparable palette.
We are grateful to Ian Warrell for his help in locating the related studies of this subject.