Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the River Arc and the Croix des Têtes in the Maurienne Valley, Savoy

1819

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14132
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 84

Catalogue entry

This sketch represents Alpine landscape within the Maurienne valley in Savoy. Turner journeyed through the valley en route to the Mont Cenis pass and this drawing depicts a view from the road between St-Jean-de-Maurienne and St-Michel-de-Maurienne. The River Arc winds along the floor of the valley whilst the mountainous profile visible near the upper left of the scene can be identified as the Croix des Têtes, the highest limestone cliff-face in France. The composition spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 83 verso (D14131).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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