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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 116 × 106 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXLVIII 17 a

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One of the sketchbooks Turner took with him on his final trip to Switzerland. He has inscribed this sheet in triumph 'No matter what bef[ell] Hannibel - WB and JMWT [...] passed the alps Setr 3 1844 from Fombey'. Turner had twice been prevented from crossing the Alps by bad weather. Here he records the date of his eventual success and alludes to Hannibal's own problems with the Alpine climate. Turner's companion 'WB' may have been William Brockedon (1781-1854), the amateur painter and geologist, with whom Turner was acquainted. Brockedon had assisted Turner's friend John Murray III with the compiling of a guide book to Switzerland.

Gallery label, February 1993

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