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

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Aiguille du Midi and Glacier des Bossons from near Les Houches 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 71 Verso:
The Aiguille du Midi and Glacier des Bossons from near Les Houches 1802
D04478
Turner Bequest LXXIII 71a
Pencil, lightly touched with white chalk on grey-buff laid paper, 138 x 215 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Chamounix’ bottom right, and ‘Boisson’ lower left of centre
Stamped in black ‘LXXIII 71a’ bottom right, running vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Ascending the Chamonix valley beyond the village of Les Houches (see folios 64 and 72 of this sketchbook, D04463, D04480), Turner came to the serracs of the Glacier des Bossons tumbling down beside the track, as seen in this sketch and also in a larger coloured drawing (private collection).1

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.340 no.356

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Aiguille du Midi and Glacier des Bossons from near Les Houches 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-aiguille-du-midi-and-glacier-des-bossons-from-near-les-r1133107, accessed 23 July 2014.