Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Fort in a Mountain Valley; ?L’Esseillon in the Maurienne Valley

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
D29344
Turner Bequest CCXCIV 70 a

Catalogue entry

The fort sketched here, overlooking a wide valley, is perhaps L’Esseillon in the Maurienne Valley. The sketch is very scrappy and evidently taken in haste, possibly from a moving coach. The inscription is unclear but perhaps reads ‘St Gus [?]’. The site may be the same is appears nearby in the sketchbook (D29342; Turner Bequest CCXCIV 69).

David Hill
June 2010

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