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Through Paris and the Alps, Turner was accompanied by Newbey Lowson, a country gentleman of similar age, and an amateur draughtsman who was himself keen to sketch the picturesque scenery abroad. Lowson, who acted as Turner’s ‘paymaster’ for the tour, largely determined his itinerary. From Grenoble, they travelled to Geneva, Chamonix and Aosta, and crossed the Great St Bernard Pass to the Swiss town of Martigny, halfway into the tour. Once thought to be Wales, this view is now believed to be of Martigny, featuring the thirteenth century Château de la Bâtiaz, depicted in several of Turner’s pencil drawings.

February 2010