Joseph Mallord William TurnerThree Views of Mountainous Scenery in Savoy; Including One at Aiguebelle 1820

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Artist
Title
Three Views of Mountainous Scenery in Savoy; Including One at Aiguebelle
From Return from Italy Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXCII
Date 1820
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 128 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16686
Turner Bequest CXCII 23
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Recto:
Three Views of Mountainous Scenery in Savoy; Including One at Aiguebelle 1820
D16686
Turner Bequest CXCII 23
Pencil on white wove paper, 128 x 98 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Straw Hat’ top left. Also ‘Light yelw’, ‘[ylw]’, ‘Vapour’ and ‘Aiguebelle’ within bottom landscape sketch
Stamped in black ‘CXCII 23’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains three views of mountainous scenery in Savoy. The central composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 23 verso (D16685; Turner Bequest CXCII 22a). Turner has labelled the lower prospect as being at ‘Aiguebelle’, a town at the entrance of the Maurienne Valley in Savoy, approximately twenty miles east of Chambéry. He has additionally annotated the studies with notes concerning the colours (‘Light Yellow’) and atmospheric effects (‘Vapour’) visible within the landscape , as well as noting the ‘Straw Hat’ worn by a man (top left).
For further sketches related to Aiguebelle see also folios 24 verso and 25 verso (D16687 and D16689; Turner Bequest CXCII 23a and 24a) and the Paris, France, Savoy 2 sketchbook (Tate D14119; Turner Bequest CLXXIII 77a).

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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