Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mont Blanc from Fort Roch in the Val d’Aosta

1836

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41202

Catalogue entry

This side of the page was listed by Finberg as the recto but is now bound as the verso. The sketch, drawn inverted in relation to the main numbered sequence of subjects in the book, depicts Fort Roch in the Val d’Aosta, looking towards Mont Blanc. The local name for the site is Pierre Taillée. Here, Turner exactly revisits the site of a sketch of 1802 of Fort Roch, Val d’Aosta (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)1 and finished watercolours of Mont Blanc, from Fort Roch, in the Val d’Aosta (Lowell Libson, London, 2013)2 and The Battle of Fort Rock, Val d’Aouste, Piedmont 1796 (Tate D04900).3

David Hill
June 2010

Revised by David Blayney Brown
March 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.341 no.360.
2
Wilton 1979, p.341 no.369.
3
Wilton 1979, p.345 no.399.

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