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
D16903
Turner Bequest CXCIV 7 a

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, uneven surface of the grey watercolour wash, the drawn pencil details are difficult to decipher. However, it is possible to make out some buildings lining the side of the road to the right and the craggy forms of the mountain slopes in the background.
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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