Joseph Mallord William Turner

Les Contamines

1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 315 x 473 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04617
Turner Bequest LXXV 25

Catalogue entry

Turner’s label for this drawing is inscribed ‘Contamines Mt Blanc a Bonne Homme Mountain’. It is numbered ‘12’, as is the drawing. Turner passed through the village of Les Contamines, in the Val Montjoie, after climbing the Col de Voza and before negotiating the Col du Bonhomme, on his way from Chamonix to Courmayeur. A coloured view from this sketchbook of the village at sunrise (D04616; Turner Bequest LXXV 24) indicates an overnight stay, as David Hill has described.1
1
David Hill, Turner in the Alps: The Journey through France & Switzerland in 1802, London 1992, p.67.
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
October 2011

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