Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Battle of Fort Rock, Val d’Aouste, Piedmont, 1796

exhibited 1815

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 696 × 1015 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04900
Turner Bequest LXXX G

Display caption

This watercolour, representing a semi-fictional encounter during Napoleon''s invasion of Italy in 1796, was exhibited by Turner at the Royal Academy in 1815 to mark the end of the Napoleonic War. Years later, however, when his Queen Anne Street house was in decline, it was observed by visitors blocking up a broken window. This neglect was not unique, for a picture, Fishing upon the Blythe-Sand, also on display in this gallery, was seen in use as a cat flap.

Gallery label, August 2004

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