Joseph Mallord William Turner

?View within the Val Divedro, near Varzo

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 121 x 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16931
Turner Bequest CXCIV 22 a

Catalogue entry

The precise location of this sketch is currently unidentified although it is likely to depict a view within the Val Divedro (Valley of Divedra), near the town of Varzo. Turner passed through en route from the Simplon Pass on his return journey to Italy via Crevoladossola. The dark opening within the steep slopes to the left of the composition may represent a tunnel or gallery carved through the rock.
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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