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

Joseph Mallord William Turner Valley near the Simplon Pass 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Verso:
Valley near the Simplon Pass 1819
D16895
Turner Bequest CXCIV 3 a
Pencil and grey watercolour wash on white wove paper, 121 x 195 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Lower end of the [...]’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains a faint sketch of a valley surrounded by mountains, representing a location somewhere within the Swiss Alps near the Simplon Pass. Like many leaves within this sketchbook, the sheet has been prepared with a grey watercolour wash and Turner appears to have lifted or scratched out dots and passages of white, perhaps to indicate falling snow.

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Valley near the Simplon Pass 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2011, 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-valley-near-the-simplon-pass-r1132770, accessed 22 December 2014.