Joseph Mallord William Turner

An Alpine Church on the ?Road to Mont Cenis; and a View of Mountainous Landscape at Mont Cenis


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 48

Catalogue entry

This page contains two distinct sketches. The larger study, drawn with the sketchbook held horizontally depicts a church with a distinctive dome and cupola and a second building visible at the top of a hill in the background. The location is currently unidentified and it is not known whether it pertains to Turner’s journey in central France along the River Saône, or alternatively represents a view in the Alps on the road to Mont Cenis. The smaller second sketch on the right-hand side of the sheet, parallel with the edge of the sketchbook is inscribed ‘M[on]t Cenis’ indicating that this view at least relates to the latter. For further sketches and a general discussion of Turner’s passage across the Mont Cenis Pass see the Introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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