Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Mountain Valley


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 243 × 300 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 276

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Ruskin cautiously identified this watercolour as a view of the Allee Blanche, from the foot of the Glacier de Miage. He developed his thoughts in his 1857 catalogue, stating that this was a 'noble drawing, though not much like the place, which I only recognise by the peculiar outlines on the right hand. But its exquisite gradations of colour, and the perfect expression of the retiring ridge which leads up to the left-hand peak, make this one of the best mountain drawings in the series'.

Gallery label, September 2004

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