Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Tarentaise Valley, Savoy

1820

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 × 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16688
Turner Bequest CXCII 24

Catalogue entry

Turner has inscribed this view of mountainous scenery as ‘Tarantaise’ suggesting that the subject is the Tarentaise Valley in Savoy. The itinerary of the artist’s return journey between the Mont Cenis Pass and Chambéry did not actually take him through the valley and so this prospect was perhaps observed from a point on the road to the north-west of Aiguebelle, looking east in the direction of Albertville. There appears to be a bridge or other man-made structure visible in the centre of the composition.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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