Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of a Mountain Valley, 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
D16902
Turner Bequest CXCIV 7

Catalogue entry

This view of a valley amidst mountains documents part of Turner’s expedition into the Swiss Alps as far as the Simplon Pass. Owing to the dark surface of the grey watercolour wash, the drawn pencil details are difficult to decipher. However, it is possible to make out the craggy forms of the mountain slopes and some annotations by the artist noting the position of the road and other scenic features.
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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