Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Gondo Ravine

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
D16924
Turner Bequest CXCIV 18

Catalogue entry

The narrow mountainous passage visible in this view is the Gondo Ravine (Gondoschlucht), a steep gorge near the Swiss/Italian border on the route to the Simplon Pass between Domodossola and Brig. A small house and bridge can be seen at the foot of the ravine, near the centre of the composition.
For a general discussion of Turner’s expedition to the Simplon Pass see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
May 2011

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