Joseph Mallord William TurnerVillenueve at the Head of Lake Geneva 1836

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Artist
Title
Villenueve at the Head of Lake Geneva
From Val d'Aosta Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCXCIII
Date 1836
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29112
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 41
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 41 Recto:
Villenueve at the Head of Lake Geneva 1836
D29112
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 41
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 190 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘P3ggoa [??]’
Inscribed, possibly by John Ruskin, in blue ink ‘41’ top right and ‘320’ bottom right
Stamped in brown ‘CCXCIII 41’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the right section of a two part panorama of the head of Lake Geneva from the water off Villeneuve or from the end of the pier, continued from D29111; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 40a, opposite. Turner drew the same material on his first visit to the Alps in 1802 (D04570; Turner Bequest LXXIV 77) but taking a less panoramic approach. He also painted a watercolour of similar material, The Castle of Chillon (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester),1 perhaps from the motif on the same 1836 visit as this sketch.

David Hill
June 2010

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.474 no.1456.

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