Joseph Mallord William Turner

La Croix de Fer from near Magland

1802

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 473 × 315 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04600
Turner Bequest LXXV 8

Catalogue entry

A label numbered, like this drawing, ‘31’ by John Ruskin is inscribed by Turner ‘Alps Vis a Vis de St Martin Savoy’ which would be right in general terms. However Ruskin applied his own more specific title ‘The Aiguillette from Magland’, evidently on comparison with the two watercolours of L’Aiguillette, Valley of Cluses from his collection (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina).1 These depict mountains also including La Croix de Fer, seen from Oex between Magland and Sallanches, as David Hill has shown.2
1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, pp.340–1 no.357, 342 no.372.
2
David Hill, Turner in the Alps: The Journey through France & Switzerland in 1802, London 1992, p.53.
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David Blayney Brown
October 2011

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