Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Ascent to the Pass of Mont Cenis

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14035
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 29 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts a mountainous landscape with a road and a building at the centre of the composition. The drawing is too rough to be conclusively identified, and the inscription is hard to decipher but it is likely to depict a view from the ascent to the Pass of Mont Cenis in the French Alps. For a more detailed discussion of the Mont Cenis pass and Turner’s related Alpine sketches see the Introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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