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As Turner’s inscription indicates, the subject of this sketch is Termignon, a village in the Cottian Alps, approximately three miles west of Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis and the Mont Cenis pass.1 The study has been drawn from the east looking west towards the baroque Church of Notre-Dame-de l’Assomption and a bridge over the River Arc which winds off to the left of the composition. For a general discussion of Turner’s passage through the Alps see the Introduction to the sketchbook.
A later sketch relating to Termignon dates from the artist’s second tour of Italy in 1828–9 and can be found in the Rome, Turin, Milan sketchbook (Tate D21709; Turner Bequest CCXXXV 24).
First tentatively suggested by Finberg 1909, I, p.506.