Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for a Picture of Hannibal Crossing the Alps

c.1799–1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 436 x 271 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04940
Turner Bequest LXXXI 39

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the subject is continued on folio 19 verso opposite (D04939; Turner Bequest LXXXI 38). This is so slight a study that it would be difficult to interpret were it not for the artist’s inscription, which allows us to read a battle scene with distant cliffs, and to see in this the first tentative steps towards the great canvas of 1812, Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps (Tate N00490).1 Another sketch which may relate to that work is on folio 17 recto (D04934; Turner Bequest LXXXI 33).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.88–90 no.126, pl.131 (colour).

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