Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Alpine Views; Including Studies of Male Figures

1820

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 × 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16684
Turner Bequest CXCII 22

Catalogue entry

This page contains two drawings depicting views amid the mountains, probably relating to Turner’s return crossing through the Pass of Mont Cenis. Although the sketches are rather rough and schematic, the artist has embellished them with inscriptions concerning the colours and atmospheric effects of the Alpine landscape, noting for example that the snow was a ‘warm yellow’ and that this colour was ‘reflected in the stream’. The upper prospect also contains two male figures (or perhaps two variant views of the same person) whose dress suggests that they might be a cantonnier, people employed to look after the roads and assist travellers within the Alps.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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