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Finberg’s identification of the River Arve and Mont Blanc is preferable to that of ‘Dent du Midi, end of Lake Geneva’ used when the watercolour was shown at the National Gallery. The location is perhaps near St Martin. Gerald Wilkinson, while noting that the watercolour is faded, praises its ‘immense breadth and subtlety of tone’, adding; ‘Like all [Turner’s] best work it is an honest drawing with no special striving for effect – and he is quite undaunted by the difficulties of taking in such a large expanse of country.’1
Wilkinson 1974, p.49.