Joseph Mallord William Turner

Geneva from the West, and Mont Blanc from near Servoz in the Arve Valley


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

Not recorded by Finberg and now bound as the recto, this page contains three sketches, drawn inverted in relation to the main numbered sequence of subjects in the sketchbook:
i. (main sketch, above) The centre and main part of a three-part panorama of Geneva from the west, looking across the Arve floodplain from near its junction with the River Rhône, with the Mole in the distance to the right of the city, and continued to the right on the opposite page (D29141; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 55a) and to the left, below left in (ii).
ii. (below left) Geneva from the west, continuing the main sketch (i) to the left, to look down the Rhône.
iii. (below right) A thumbnail sketch of Mont Blanc from near Servoz in the Arve Valley, inscribed ‘St M[ichael’s] Bridge [?]’ and ‘Snow [?]’ above the summit of Mont Blanc. Turner sketched a similar subject, in rather greater detail, on the same visit (Tate D34186; Turner Bequest CCXLII 2).
For notes on the Rhône at Geneva see D29140; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 55 in this sketchbook.

David Hill
June 2010

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