Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Panorama of Mont Blanc from above Chamonix 1836

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Artist
Title
A Panorama of Mont Blanc from above Chamonix
From Val d'Aosta Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCXCIII
Date 1836
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29081
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 25 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 25 Verso:
A Panorama of Mont Blanc from above Chamonix 1836
D29081
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 25a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 190 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the right half of a two-part panorama of Mont Blanc from above Chamonix near the Pierre Ruskin, looking to the Glacier des Bossons with the summit dome of Mont Blanc above centre, and the Aiguille du Gouter to the right; it is continued from D29082; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 26, opposite. Turner recorded the same view in two watercolour studies (Tate D35936 and D35996; Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 93 and 152). The view here is inverted in relation to the main sequence of sketches in the sketchbook.
Ruskin’s identification of Turner’s viewpoint as the Brévent, quoted by Finberg, is a little misleading. The viewpoint is actually on the lower slopes of the Brévent, hardly above the built-up area of Chamonix, and only just above the level of the base station for the modern Brévent telecabine. It was a spot much favoured by Ruskin himself, and nearby is the ‘Pierre Ruskin’, a large boulder that now carries a commemorative plaque to him.

David Hill
June 2010

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