Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Road Towards 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
D16896
Turner Bequest CXCIV 4

Catalogue entry

Turner’s journey to the Simplon Pass was documented by several rough pencil sketches on pages prepared with a grey watercolour wash. The view on this sheet depicts part of the road curving round a bend in the middle distance towards the steep heights of the mountains. The artist has employed scratching out to denote snow covering the peaks in the background.

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

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