J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner Part of a Distant View of ?Susa, and Sketches of the Alps 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
Part of a Distant View of ?Susa, and Sketches of the Alps 1819
D14146
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 2
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 186 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘R’ and ‘Gothard’ within sketch
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘284’ top right and ‘2’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIV 2’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains part of a landscape composition which has spilled over from the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 1 verso (D14145). The subject is currently unidentified although it may represent a distant view of Susa, the first town in Italy after crossing through the Alps at Mont Cenis. Also on the sheet are two further studies depicting the profile of mountains. Turner’s annotations ‘R’ and Gothard’, refer to Monte Rosa and the Gotthard Pass in the Swiss Alps.

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Part of a Distant View of ?Susa, and Sketches of the Alps 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-part-of-a-distant-view-of-susa-and-sketches-of-the-alps-r1142669, accessed 28 August 2014.