Joseph Mallord William Turner From Magland, Looking Back towards Cluses 1802

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From Magland, Looking Back towards Cluses
From France, Savoy, Piedmont Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXIII
Date 1802
Medium Graphite and chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 138 x 215 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXIII 53
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Magland is in the Arve valley between Cluses and Sallanches. As he approached the Mont Blanc massif, Turner was now making many more drawings in his larger St Gothard and Mont Blanc sketchbook (Tate D04590–D04648; D41390–D41391; Turner Bequest LXXV). His study of ‘The Aiguillette, Valley of Cluses’ (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester), a view of the peak of La Croix de Fer, was made from Oex, between Magland and Sallanches. Here, Turner is looking back towards Cluses, for which see especially folio 49 of this sketchbook (D04444) and also folios 50–2 (D004445–D04447).

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

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