Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lanslebourg, on the Road to the Pass of Mont Cenis

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14104
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 69

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis, a town in Savoy at the foot of the Col du Mont Cenis. Turner’s viewpoint is from the west with the Glacier du Roc des Lignes towering in the background.1 The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 68 verso (D14103). Further sketches relating the return journey through Lanslebourg can be found in the Return from Italy sketchbook (see for example Tate D16681; Turner Bequest CXCII 20), whilst a similar study dating from a later European tour can be found in the Fort Bard sketchbook of 1836 (Tate D29231; Turner Bequest CCXCIV 10).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

1
Finberg 1930, p.15.

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