Joseph Mallord William Turner

Composition Study for ‘Lake of Geneva with Mont Blanc’

c.1799–1805

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 436 x 271 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05030
Turner Bequest LXXXI 128

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this is one of a sequence of studies for the large watercolour of about 1805, Lake of Geneva, with Mont Blanc from the Lake (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven);1 see under folio 8 verso (D04917; Turner Bequest LXXXI 16).
At the gutter is a slight continuation of the study of a boat on folio 66 recto opposite (D05031; Turner Bequest LXXXI 129).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.342 no.370, reproduced.
Technical notes:
The page is stained by ink which has bled through from the recto (D05029; Turner Bequest LXXXI 127).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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