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
D16904
Turner Bequest CXCIV 8

Catalogue entry

The dark, uneven tone of the grey watercolour wash on this page makes Turner’s pencil drawing difficult to see. It clearly depicts a view within the mountains near the Simplon Pass, although the precise location is unidentified and it is not known whether it represents the outward or return route. The artist has annotated the drawing with notes concerning atmospheric effects and other details.
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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