Joseph Mallord William Turner

Façade of a Building, ?Domodossola; and Two Views of the Alps from the Simplon Road

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 186 × 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14301
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 80 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains three distinct drawings. At the top of the sheet is a detailed study of the façade of a building. The precise location remains unidentified. However, the architectural details such as the arcade and the upper-floor loggia, are reminiscent of the characteristic style of Piazza del Mercato (Market Square) in the city of Domodossola. See also folio 81 (D14300; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 80).
Also on the page are two distant views of the Swiss Alps seen from the road to the Simplon Pass (for a general discussion of Turner’s journey see the introduction to the sketchbook, and also the introduction to the Passage of the Simplon sketchbook, Tate, Turner Bequest CXCIV).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

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