Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wassen: the Village, Bridge and Church

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 315 x 473 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04645
Turner Bequest LXXV 53

Catalogue entry

This quick sketch and another in this sketchbook (D04646; Turner Bequest LXXV 54) have traditionally been kept together and were displayed together in the touring Fourth Loan Collection. They clearly represent the same village with a Baroque church, chalets and bridge over a deep gorge. Described by Finberg as near Chamonix, this village is actually Wassen, which Turner passed through on his tour of the St Gotthard Pass. Turner’s label for the present drawing, which shares with it the number ‘10’, is ‘St Gothard’ and that for D40646 reads both ‘St Gothard’ and ‘Wasen’. For Turner’s visit to the St Gotthard Pass and Reuss gorge in 1802 see Introduction to the sketchbook and notes to D04628; Turner Bequest LXXV 36.
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David Blayney Brown
October 2011

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