Joseph Mallord William Turner

Near Bonneville, Looking towards Mont Blanc

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 320 x 475 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04608
Turner Bequest LXXV 16

Catalogue entry

John Ruskin noted the contrast between the contrasts of ‘pastoral green, pure aiguilles and fleecy clouds’ in this drawing. The valley looks like that of the River Arve, perhaps between Bonneville and St Martin. A curious feature is the object drawn in the sky, apparently a separate motif unrelated to the landscape. Its subject is unclear but looks like the rudder or barge-board of a boat.
Verso:
Blank
Inscribed by a later hand in pencil ‘5’ within a circle

David Blayney Brown
October 2011

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