Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Bluff on the Dora Baltea River in the Val d’Aosta, Looking towards Aymavilles and the Château d’Argent from near Sarre

1836

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 x 148 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29318
Turner Bequest CCXCIV 57

Catalogue entry

This view of a bluff on the Dora Baltea river, looking up the Val d’Aosta from near Sarre, effectively continues the sketch on the facing page of the sketchbook (D29317; Turner Bequest CCXCIV 56a) to the right. Aymavilles Church stands at the left, and the Château d’Argent and the spire of the convent at St Pierre at the right. Turner painted the same material but in a distinct treatment in a watercolour study of From Sarre Looking Towards Aymavilles in the Val d’Aosta (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).1

David Hill
June 2010

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, London 1979, p.471 no.1430 as ‘A scene in the Val d’Aosta’.

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