Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches: A Hilltop Fort and Two Figures on a Mountain Road, near Valloire in the Maurienne Valley

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
D29263
Turner Bequest CCXCIV 27 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains two sketches:
i. (top, the main sketch) A hilltop fort, possibly in the Maurienne Valley or near Chambéry, and again perhaps the same site as recorded elsewhere in the sketchbook (D29245, D29267; Turner Bequest CCXCIV 18a, 29).
ii. (below left) Two figures on the road, inscribed variously ‘Valloise [?]’, ‘Le Mont Cher’ , ‘Vins’ and then illegibly with several more words.
Maurice Guillaud1 read part of this inscription as ‘Vallouise’, inferring that Turner took in the area around Briançon on this tour, and moreovers suggested ‘Vars’ instead of ‘Vins’ (vines) at the foot of the page to indicate the Pass of Vars in the distance. This would be a significant detour from the Mont Cenis-Chambéry route via the Maurienne Valley that is certainly documented in the sketchbook, and is unsupported by any other evidence.

David Hill
June 2010

1
Guillaud in Turner en France, 1981, p.483.

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