Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Saône Valley towards the Jura

1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 138 × 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04413
Turner Bequest LXXIII 21

Catalogue entry

David Hill speculates that Turner’s second night out of Paris was spent at Autun;1 see folios 20 and 22 of this sketchbook (D04412, D04414). This panorama across the Saône valley towards the mountains he had come to see would thus have greeted him on the morning of his third day travelling, as he reached the edge of the escarpment on his way to Chalon-sur-Saône, for which see folios 17 and 18 (D04409, D04410). Turner’s belief that he could by now see Mont Blanc was perhaps optimistic.
1
Hill 1992, p.26.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

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