Joseph Mallord William Turner

The North Face of the Eiger from above Grindelwald

1802

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 154 x 240 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04771
Turner Bequest LXXVII 31

Catalogue entry

For Grindelwald and Turner’s four views in this sketchbook, see especially folio 29 (D04768).
Here he has climbed up some way from the village into the meadows at the foot of the Great Scheidegg pass, to take a view of the Eiger rearing above. To elucidate the subject, David Hill also reproduces a photograph of his own, taken from a similar but slightly more elevated position. For a sketch of a rather closer view of the Eiger from the lower glacier at Grindelwald, see folio 29 (D04768). Turner made a chalk elaboration of this in his Grenoble series (Tate D04537; Turner Bequest LXXIV 44).
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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