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In 1802, Bonneville was about four hours by coach from Geneva. Turner passed through it on his way down the Arve valley towards the Mont Blanc region. With spectacular views towards the massif, it was regarded in Turner’s day as the gateway to the Alps and he paused to give it some concentrated attention. The four quick sketches in this sketchbook – the two on this sheet (verso, D04441) and on folios 47 and 48 (D04442, D04443) – record his first reactions to the mountainscape beyond the town as he approached it from the Geneva road, and he also made two larger drawings in his St Gothard and Mont Blanc sketchbook (Tate D04599; Turner Bequest LXXV 7, and D04608; Turner Bequest LXXV 16).