Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches: Pont des Bergues, Geneva; ?Castle on an Eminence in a Mountain Valley


Not on display
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 x 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 32

Catalogue entry

This page contains two sketches, both inverted in relation to the main numbered sequence of subjects in the sketchbook:
i. (main sketch) The left part of a double-page sketch continued to the right on D29093; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 31a, opposite, recording the view of Geneva from the Quai des Bergues. This sketch pans around from the Mole, with Mont Blanc visible immediately to its right, across the harbour front with Mont Salève behind, to the cathedral at the left edge of the sheet, and continues opposite to record the Île Rousseau (with Rousseau's statue just visible) and the exit of the Rhône, with the bridge of boats across it and the Hotel des Bergues at the extreme right.
ii. (below left) A thumbnail sketch perhaps of a castle on an eminence in a high-sided valley.
For notes on the Rhône at Geneva see D29140; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 55 in this sketchbook.

David Hill
June 2010

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