Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Entrance to the Gondo Ravine, near the Simplon Pass

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 121 × 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16914
Turner Bequest CXCIV 13

Catalogue entry

The pencil sketch on this passage is difficult to discern against the dark ground of the grey watercolour wash. However, the scene depicts a mountainous valley with an arched man-made structure visible at the centre of the composition. This represents one of five tunnels or galleries built at various points along the road to the Simplon Pass between Domodossola and Brig, probably the entrance to the ravine near Gondo, also known as the Galerie d’Algaby.1 The gallery had been constructed in order to make the road passable during heavy snowfall.
For a general discussion of Turner’s expedition to the Simplon Pass see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

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