Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bridge at Crevoladossola and the Val d’Ossola

1819

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 121 x 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16932
Turner Bequest CXCIV 23

Catalogue entry

Following his brief detour into Switzerland to visit the Simplon Pass, Turner returned to Italy via Gondo and the Val Divedro (Valley of Divedra). This sketch depicts a view of the bridge at Crevoladossola, a town near the Swiss/Italian border where the River Diveria meets the River Toce.1 Turner’s viewpoint looks south-east from the road from Varzo, past the bridge towards the Val d’Ossola (inscribed by the artist as ‘Val Domo’). Similar vistas across the valley can be seen on folios 28 and 34 (D16942 and D16953), whilst further studies of the Crevoladossola bridge can be found in the Turin, Como, Lugarno, Maggiore sketchbook (see for example Tate D14157 and D14306; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 6a and 83).

Nicola Moorby
May 2011

1
See Crimi 2007, p.35 note 46.

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