Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Wooded Valley, Mountains in the Distance

1802

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 315 x 473 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04637
Turner Bequest LXXV 45

Catalogue entry

The inscription ‘Le Fort de St. Rock, Valley de Aoust’ recorded by Finberg as attached to this drawing is no longer present and might instead have belonged to the coloured study of Fort Roch (Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge) if, as has usually been thought, it originated in this sketchbook.1 Both the Fitzwilliam study and the finished version made for Walter Fawkes2 show scenery much more dramatic than the relatively shallow, pastoral valley depicted here.
1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.341 no.360, as ‘Fortified pass, Val d’Aosta’. Regarding the origins of the Fitzwilliam drawing, however, it must be noted that Peter Bower has recognised that two other drawings formerly thought to have come from this sketchbook are actually on different paper; see Introduction to the sketchbook.
2
Wilton 1979, p.341 no.369.
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David Blayney Brown
October 2011

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