Joseph Mallord William Turner

Valley and Mountains, near the Simplon Pass

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 121 × 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16915
Turner Bequest CXCIV 13 a

Catalogue entry

The scene depicted in this sketch represents a view on the road to the Simplon Pass between Domodossola and Brig. The precise location remains unidentified but the composition includes a group of houses in the valley in the central middle distance. At the top of the sheet the artist has scratched through part of the grey watercolour wash in order to describe the snow-capped peaks of the distant mountains.
For a general discussion of Turner’s expedition to the Simplon Pass see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

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