Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mont Blanc, the Brenva Glacier and the Entrance to the Allée Blanche from near Entreves

1802

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 215 x 138 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04468
Turner Bequest LXXIII 66 a

Catalogue entry

For Entreves and the Allée Blanche, near Courmayeur, see folios 65 and 65 verso of this sketchbook (D04465, D04466). Here, Turner is positioned on the slopes of the Val Ferret looking towards Entreves and past the head of the Val d’Aosta to the Brenva glacier with the Aiguille Noire above and Mont Blanc to the right. This drawing, made with the sketchbook inverted and extending across folio 67 (D04469), and a similar double page spread on folios 67 verso–68 (D04470–D04471) annotated with the initial ‘F’ served as the basis of the finished watercolour made about 1810 (Courtauld Galleries, London)1 and perhaps another (untraced).2 The initial would suggest that the patron was Walter Fawkes but David Hill proposes instead that it could have been Sir William Pilkington of Chevet Hall, near Wakefield.3 It is in fact unclear whether Turner made one or two watercolours of this composition since two, of slightly different sizes, are recorded as having been in the Dillon collection.

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.344 no.393.
2
Ibid., p.344 no.394.
3
David Hill, Joseph Mallord William Turner: Le Mont-Blanc et la Vallée d’Aoste, exhibition catalogue, Museo Archeologico Regionale, Aosta 2000, p.278.

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