Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Tower above Villeneuve, Looking down the Val d’Aosta to the Château d’Argent and the Castle of St Pierre

1836

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 x 148 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29372
Turner Bequest CCXCIV 87

Catalogue entry

Here, Turner looks over a round tower down the Val d’Aosta towards Villeneuve, the Château d’Argent and Mont Emilius above right, the spire of the old church at Villeneuve at centre, and the Castle of St Pierre in the jaws of the valley. The tower (perhaps Roman) has now disappeared save for foundations visible on the lower of two terraced mounds by the middle school at Villeneuve. Turner’s view is now obscured by power lines and a row of trees. Although this sketch is somewhat rushed, Turner seems to have taken a particular interest in the tower for it appears elsewhere in this sketchbook (D29364 and D29373; Turner Bequest CCXCIV 83, 88).
Verso:
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David Hill
June 2010

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