Joseph Mallord William Turner

Five Sketches: Two Views on the Col du Bonhomme; Mont Blanc from the Col de la Seigne, and Two Views of Arvier in the Val d’Aosta

1836

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 190 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29072
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 21

Catalogue entry

This page contains five sketches, drawn with the sketchbook in the upright position, working down the page from the outside edge as follows:
i. Looking from the Col du Bonhomme towards the Croix du Bonhomme.
ii. Going up to the Col du ‘Bonhom[me]’ from the Plan des Dames.
iii. Mont Blanc from the Col de la Seigne, looking down into the Val Veni with the Pyramides de Calcaire to the left and Le Chetif to the right. Turner recorded a similar scene, but from a viewpoint further to the right, in a watercolour (private collection).1
iv. A thumbnail sketch of Arvier in the Val d’Aosta, similar to that shown on a later page of the sketchbook (D29076; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 23).
v. A second thumbnail sketch of Arvier.

David Hill
June 2010

1
Christie’s sale, London, 8 July 1997, lot 75, as ‘Scene in the Val d’Aosta’.

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