Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Sketches in Savoy; Including One of a Waterfall near ?Chambéry

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 185 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14116
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 75

Catalogue entry

This page contains three distinct landscape sketches. The locations are not conclusively identified although they are part of a sequence of views relating to Turner’s travels through Savoy towards the Mont Cenis pass. The middle vista includes a ruined tower near the centre of the composition. The bottom scene meanwhile appears to depict a waterfall falling from a steep drop on the right-hand side. This is tentatively identified as the Cascade de Coux (or sometimes Couz) which is situated near the road between St Thibaud-de-Couz and Chambéry. The feature was mentioned in contemporary guidebooks as worthy of note and was described as ‘a stream of limpid water, which falls perpendicularly from the height of a hundred and twenty feet.’1
1
Mariana Starke, Travels on the Continent between the Years 1824 and 1828 Written for the Use and Particular Information of Travellers, London 1828, p.526.
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Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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