Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Sketches: From Lake Geneva Looking to the Mountains Above St Gingolph; Lac Combal Looking up the Val Veni towards the Col del la Seigne; Gorge at St Didier in the Val d’Aosta


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 33

Catalogue entry

This page contains three sketches:
i. (main sketch, inverted in relation to the main numbered series of subjects in the sketchbook) The left part of a double-page sketch continued to the right on D29094; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 32a, opposite, recording the view from Lake Geneva towards the mountains on the south shore above St Gingolph.
ii. (below left) A hasty thumbnail sketch of the gorge at ‘S Didier’ in the Val d’Aosta. A watercolour called A Mountain Gorge (Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.)1 possibly depicts the same subject.
iii. (lower centre, inverted in relation to the main sketch) Looking up the Val Veni from the bridge at the mouth of ‘L[ac] Combal’, towards the Col de la Seigne. Huts at the site of the present Refuge Elizabetta are visible in the middle distance.

David Hill
June 2010

Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.474 no.1453.

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