Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Sketches: Mont Blanc from the Church at Courmayeur; Arvier Castle and Church, Looking up the Val d’Aosta; Massif of Mont Blanc from Pré St Didier, below Courmayeur in the Val d’Aosta


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 190 × 113 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 23

Catalogue entry

This page contains three sketches drawn with the page in the upright position, working down the page from the outer edge:
i. Mont Blanc from the church and terrace at Courmayeur. Turner painted a watercolour study of a similar view under stormy conditions (Tate D35891; Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 51).
ii. Arvier castle and church, looking up the Val d’Aosta towards ‘Lev[erogne]’, with ‘S[now]’-capped peaks above. Turner sketched a similar aspect of the same subject in two thumbnail sketches on a preceding page of the sketchbook (D29072; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 21).
iii. (inverted in relation to the two previous sketches) Mont ‘Blanc from S Didier, in two parts; Mont Blanc and Le Chetif in the lower register (numbered ‘2’) panning right in the upper register to include the Dent du Geant (numbered ‘1’), inscribed ‘Blanc from S Didier’.

David Hill
June 2010

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