Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains and Valleys, ?between Trieste and Graz


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 198 × 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 52

Catalogue entry

There are three studies here, separated by vertical and horizontal pencil lines. At the top is a rapid study focusing on two distinctive mountain peaks, which are shown again at right-angles towards the bottom right. At the bottom left, the other way round again, is a broad valley.
The first of these studies is labelled with a scrawled word beginning with ‘G’, perhaps ‘Gratz’. As set out in this sketchbook’s Introduction, the general flow of Turner’s itinerary is in reverse of the Turner Bequest foliation, and this page falls within a sequence between folios 55 recto and 49 recto (D30094–D30106) likely (with reservations) to show his route north-east between Trieste to Graz (see respectively under folios 57 recto and 41 verso; D30109, D30079) through the rugged terrain of modern-day Slovenia and southern Austria. See under D30094 for further discussion.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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