Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains near Bonneville

1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 138 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04441
Turner Bequest LXXIII 46 a

Catalogue entry

For Bonneville see the recto of this sheet (D04440). The mountains in this sketch may continue those in folio 47 of this sketchbook (D04442), towards the right. They appear in the background of the painting Châteaux de St. Michael, Bonneville, Savoy, a view of the approach to the town from the Geneva road that was one of two companion oils exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1803 (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut).1 A larger drawing (Courtauld Gallery, London),2 probably at least begun on the spot but coloured in Turner’s lodgings or later back in London, shows the same view which Turner repeated in a colour study (Tate D04901; Turner Bequest LXXX H ) and watercolour of 1817 (on the London art market in 2007).3

David Blayney Brown
October 2009

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.39–40 no.50 (pl.59).
2
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.340 no.355.
3
Ibid., p.345 no.400; Sotheby’s sale, 4 July 2007, lot 8.

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