Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains, near the Simplon Pass

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 121 × 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16901
Turner Bequest CXCIV 6 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch of a mountain valley depicts a view from the road to or from the Simplon Pass in the Swiss Alps. The uneven and white patches in the top left-hand corner of the page represent where the sheet was held in order to prepare it with a grey watercolour wash. Owing to the dark nature of this ground the pencil details are extremely difficult to decipher. However, visible on the slopes to the left are some pine trees.
For a general discussion of Turner’s expedition to the Simplon Pass see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

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