Joseph Mallord William Turner

Martigny: The Castle of La Bâtiaz, from the South

1841

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 291 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33493
Turner Bequest CCCXXXII 23

Display caption

Ruskin expressed some reservations about his identification of this view as Martigny: 'the pencil marks in the ruin are not so conclusive as I should like to have them'. It does, however, appear to show the castle of La Batiaz at Martigny, which Turner had first sketched on his tour of the Alps in 1802. As in his comments on many of these studies, Ruskin was chiefly interested in discerning Turner's working method: 'The excessive haste with which the colour has been thrown on the sketch, not in the least coinciding with the pencil outlines, and yet the subtlety of the effects wrought as the wash was laid on, render this memorandum, very interesting'.

Gallery label, September 2004

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