Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Coach Passing through ?the Pass of Faïdo

c.1842–3

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 243 x 301 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35972
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 129

Display caption

As in many of his earlier sketches of mountain scenery, Turner has here blurred the distinction between the outline of the peaks and the forms of clouds nestling around them. The civilising presence of mankind, suggested by the road through the valley, and the passing stage coach, cannot diminish the awe-inducing wildness of such landscapes.

Gallery label, September 2004

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