Joseph Mallord William TurnerTwo Alpine Views; Including Studies of Male Figures 1820

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Artist
Title
Two Alpine Views; Including Studies of Male Figures
From Return from Italy Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXCII
Date 1820
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 98 x 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16684
Turner Bequest CXCII 22
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 23 Recto:
Two Alpine Views; Including Studies of Male Figures 1820
D16684
Turner Bequest CXCII 22
Pencil on white wove paper, 98 x 128 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘W’, ‘Red’, ‘Green’ within figure top left, ‘R’ top centre of upper landscape, ‘Sun Sha | [?Snow]’ top right of upper landscape and ‘River’ bottom centre of upper landscape. Also ‘Snow warm yellow and | reflected in the stream’ and ‘x’, ‘of a very beautiful [Dove] color’ within lower landscape
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘22’ top right, ascending right-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CXCII 22’ top right, ascending right-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains two drawings depicting views amid the mountains, probably relating to Turner’s return crossing through the Pass of Mont Cenis. Although the sketches are rather rough and schematic, the artist has embellished them with inscriptions concerning the colours and atmospheric effects of the Alpine landscape, noting for example that the snow was a ‘warm yellow’ and that this colour was ‘reflected in the stream’. The upper prospect also contains two male figures (or perhaps two variant views of the same person) whose dress suggests that they might be a cantonnier, people employed to look after the roads and assist travellers within the Alps.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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