Joseph Mallord William TurnerTermignon 1819

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From Paris, France, Savoy 2 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXIII
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 114 x 185 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 70 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 70 Verso:
Termignon 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 70 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 185 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Term[?arian] Mt C’ bottom left and ‘W’ within sketch, top left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

First tentatively suggested by Finberg 1909, I, p.506.

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