Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Entrance to the Allée Blanche above Courmayeur, Mont Blanc in the Distance

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 138 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04465
Turner Bequest LXXIII 65

Catalogue entry

For Courmayeur, see folio 62 verso of this sketchbook (D04460). The various sketches made nearby in the book are listed with it. Here, as identified by David Hill in correspondence with the author,1 Turner is looking back from the direction of Courmayeur to the village of Entreves and the entrance of the Allée Blanche – his ‘White Valley’. The Allée is close to the base of the Miage glacier. See especially the verso of this leaf (D04466) and double page spreads, folios 66 verso–67 (D04468–D04469) and 67 verso–68 (D04470–D04471) for other sketches made nearby.

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

1
Letter to David Blayney Brown, 4 April 2004, Tate catalogue files.

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