Not on display
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.