Joseph Mallord William Turner

Looking down the Susa Valley from the Mont Cenis Road, with the Sacra di San Michele in the Distance

1836

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 × 148 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29360
Turner Bequest CCXCIV 81

Catalogue entry

This view of the Susa Valley from the Mont Cenis Road with the Sacra di San Michele at the foot of the valley in the distance is similar to that sketched elsewhere in this sketchbook (D29302; Turner Bequest CCXCIV 49), but from a still higher viewpoint. Turner recorded a very similar vista in a watercolour sometimes known as A View along an Alpine Valley, probably the Val d’Aosta (private collection).1

David Hill
June 2010

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.472 no.1432 as ‘View down the Val d’Aosta’.

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