Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Views in the Maurienne Valley, Savoy; including One of the Tour du Châtel

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 185 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14128
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 82

Catalogue entry

This page contains three sketches depicting views in the Maurienne Valley, Savoy, on the approach towards St-Jean-de-Maurienne, the capital city of the valley. The draughtsmanship is rather rough and schematic. However, as Turner’s inscription indicates, the uppermost drawing depicts the Tour de Bérold, also known as the Tour du Châtel, an ancient square tower which is located near the village of Châtel, approximately a mile and a half north of St-Jean-de-Maurienne. According to tradition the founder of the House of Savoy, Humbert the White Hands died here in 1048. Related views of the tower can be found on folios 81 verso (D14127).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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