Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Mountains near the Simplon Pass

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 121 x 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16892
Turner Bequest CXCIV 2

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts an unknown location within the Swiss mountains somewhere along the route of the Simplon Pass. There is a river or stream in the bottom left-hand corner and a bridge or other structure to the right of the composition. Finberg tentatively deciphered the inscription by the artist in the bottom right-hand corner as indicating the Swiss town of Windisch, near Baden.1 However, Windisch is located approximately one hundred and fifty miles north-east of the Simplon Pass and so cannot be the view depicted here. More recently, Federico Crimi has suggested it may depict the ‘Weissbod[en]’ peak near the village of Simplon.2

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

1
Finberg 1909, p.577.
2
Crimi 2007, p.35 note 46.

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