Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Distant View of Susa, with the Alps Beyond

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14145
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 1 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of this landscape sketch is currently unidentified. It appears to depict a town or village lying with an open plain beneath mountains and therefore may represent a distant view of Susa, the first town in Italy after crossing through the Alps at Mont Cenis. Alternatively it may show a location on the approach to Monte Cenis from the French side.1 The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 2 (D14146).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

1
Federico Crimi, ‘J.M.W. Turner e il Verbano: 1819: Torino, Milano e il Sempione’, in Verbanus, no.28, 2007, p.23 note 16.

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