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

Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Sketches: A Panorama of Mont Blanc from above Chamonix, and Two Thumbnail Sketches of a Mill and Bridge below Bossons 1836

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 26 Recto:
Three Sketches: A Panorama of Mont Blanc from above Chamonix, and Two Thumbnail Sketches of a Mill and Bridge below Bossons 1836
D29082
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 26
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 190 mm
Inscribed, possibly by John Ruskin, in blue ink ‘26’ bottom left, inverted, and ‘320’ top left, inverted
Stamped in brown ‘CCXCIII 26’ top left, inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains three sketches, drawn inverted in relation to the main sequence of subjects in the sketchbook:
i. (main sketch) The left half of a two-part panorama of Mont Blanc from above Chamonix, looking up the valley towards the Glacier du Bois and the Aiguille Verte from not far from the Pierre Ruskin, continued to right on D29081; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 25a, opposite (see catalogue notes). Turner sketched the same view in a watercolour study (Tate D25439; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 316).
ii. (lower left, in relation to main sketch) A tiny thumbnail sketch of a ‘Mill [below the] Glacier [des] Bossons’.
iii. (above left, in relation to main sketch, and inverted) A tiny and hardly decipherable thumbnail sketch of a bridge and the valley floor below the Glacier des ‘Bossons’. Two other notations are indecipherable.

David Hill
June 2010

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Three Sketches: A Panorama of Mont Blanc from above Chamonix, and Two Thumbnail Sketches of a Mill and Bridge below Bossons 1836 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, February 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-three-sketches-a-panorama-of-mont-blanc-from-above-chamonix-r1144631, accessed 02 September 2014.