Not on display
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.
See a print by Gabriel Lory, Vue de la Galerie d’Algaby prise du côté du Vallais, from Voyage Pittoresque de Genè à Milan par le Simplon 1811, reproduced at http://www
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