Joseph Mallord William Turner

Five Sketches in the Arve Valley at Cluses and Sallanches


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 90 × 113 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 28 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains five sketches, made with the page held upright, working down the page from the outside edge:
i. A bridge, with a village to left and church spire, and a valley hemmed in by mountains beyond. The site is perhaps Cluses in the Arve Valley.
ii., iii. A panorama of mountains in the Arve Valley, possibly near Bonneville or Sallanches.
iv. Sallanches from near St Martin.
v. Mont Blanc from the Arve Valley near Sallanches. Turner sketched a similar view on his first visit to the area in 1802 (Tate D04603; Turner Bequest LXXV 11), and developed that into a finished watercolour, perhaps for Walter Fawkes, about 1809 (private collection).1

David Hill
June 2010

Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, London 1979, p.342 no. 379; sold Sotheby’s, London, 14 July 1994, no.130.

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