Joseph Mallord William Turner

Road within the ?Gondo Ravine, 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
D16917
Turner Bequest CXCIV 14 a

Catalogue entry

The details of this pencil sketch are extremely difficult to discern due, to the dark and uneven nature of the grey watercolour wash covering the page. However, the scene appears to depict a road entering a steep and narrow mountainous gorge, possibly the Gondo ravine (Gondoschlucht), near the Swiss/Italian border on the road to the Simplon Pass.
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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