Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Mountains in ?Savoy; and Figure Studies at Le-Pont-de-Beavoisin


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 98 × 128 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCII 33

Catalogue entry

This page contains two distinct groups of sketches. At the top of the sheet, with the sketchbook held horizontally, there is a view of mountainous landscape, probably in Savoy. Turner has annotated the composition with notes concerning the colours and atmospheric effects of the scene, for example, ‘Blue’ and ‘very warm vapour’. Meanwhile, the lower part of the sheet has been used with the sketchbook vertically in order to make a number of studies of figures seen at ‘Beauvoisin’, i.e. the town of Le-Pont-de-Beauvoisin which lies on the River Guiers, approximately twenty miles west of Chambéry (see the Paris, France, Savoy 2 sketchbook, Tate D14087; Turner Bequest CLXXIII 60a). These include a woman with a mob-cap holding a broom, and another figure leaning on a low wall or other surface.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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