Joseph Mallord William Turner Chamonix and Mont Blanc, from the Slopes of the Montenvers 1802

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Chamonix and Mont Blanc, from the Slopes of the Montenvers
From St Gothard and Mont Blanc Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXV
Date 1802
Medium Graphite, watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 320 x 475 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXV 15
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It is hard to imagine how exciting it
must have been for Turner, who had
never previously travelled abroad,
finally to cross to the Continent. He was twenty-seven, and already a successful artist and Royal Academician. He had been on many sketching tours within Great Britain but because of the Napoleonic Wars had been unable to travel further afield. In 1802 however,
the Treaty of Amiens temporarily halted hostilities, enabling British tourists to
flock across the Channel. Turner eagerly grasped the opportunity to witness the amazing spectacle of the Swiss Alps.

September 2002

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