Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of the Gondo Ravine


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 186 × 111 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 87 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s route to the Simplon Pass took him through the Gondo Ravine (Gondoschlucht), a narrow mountainous passage immediately to the west of the village of Gondo, which represented one of the most dramatic points on the road between Domodossola and Brig (generally considered to represent the start and finish of the Simplon road). This page contains two sketches of the Gondoschlucht from the road to the east. The upper vista depicts the road winding along the floor of the ravine with the Diveria river on the left, while the lower vista includes the same distinctive rock profile as in folio 89 (D14315; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 88).
For a general discussion of Turner’s journey to the Simplon Pass see the introduction to the sketchbook, and also the introduction to the Passage of the Simplon sketchbook (Tate, Turner Bequest CXCIV).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

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