Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Susa Valley from above Susa on the Mont Cenis Road

1836

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 x 148 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29218
Turner Bequest CCXCIV 3 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch records the view from the Mont Cenis road above Susa, looking down the valley towards Turin. The church is that of St Vincent, the parish church of Giaglione. Turner painted a similar view from a higher viewpoint in a watercolour, A View along an Alpine Valley, Probably the Val d’Aosta (private collection).1 Another watercolour, Mountain Scene: Mist Rising (Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut),2 shows a closely related view, but whilst painted in a manner suggesting some familiarity with Turner’s work, is certainly not autograph and might instead be the work of Turner’s companion on this tour, H.A.J. Munro of Novar.

David Hill
June 2010

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.472 no.1432 as ‘View down the Val d’Aosta’.
2
Exhibited J.M.W. Turner: Works on Paper from American Collections, University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, September–November 1975 (82, reproduced).

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