Joseph Mallord William TurnerLanslebourg 1836

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From Fort Bard Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCXCIV
Date 1836
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 104 x 148 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCIV 10
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
Lanslebourg 1836
Turner Bequest CCXCIV 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 104 x 148 mm
Watermarked ‘B. Arnos[so]’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Lanslyburg’
Inscribed, possibly by John Ruskin, in blue ink ‘10’ bottom right, descending vertically, and with the Turner Bequest schedule number ‘357’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in brown ‘CCXCIV 10’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Lanslebourg is seen here from the foot of the Mont Cenis road, looking west down the valley of the River Arc, with the Maurienne road snaking away in the middle distance and the valley closed by the Dent Parrachée. Finberg’s identification of the subject is mistaken with regard to the glaciers. These occur only on the higher slopes of Dent Parachée and are not obviously indicated here.

David Hill
June 2010

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