Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Junction of the Rivers Rhône and Arve, near Geneva 1836

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Artist
Title
The Junction of the Rivers Rhône and Arve, near Geneva
From Val d'Aosta Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCXCIII
Date 1836
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29143
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 57
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 57 Verso:
The Junction of the Rivers Rhône and Arve, near Geneva 1836
D29143
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 57
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 190 mm
Stamped in brown ‘CCXCIII 57’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This side of the page is now bound as the verso rather than the recto as described by Finberg. Turner’s view looks down the River Rhône to its junction with the River Arve, from the cliffs west of Geneva, near the Church of St Jean. It is taken from the same viewpoint as D41096 overleaf, effectively continuing the panorama to the right. The sketch notes figures on the bank in the foreground, one of these perhaps being H.A.J. Monro of Novar, Turner’s travelling companion on his 1836 tour, caught in the act of sketching.
The paper has darkened as a result of exposure.
For notes on the Rhône at Geneva see D29140; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 55 in this sketchbook.

David Hill
June 2010

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