J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Bridge over the ?River Toce; and a View of Mountains near the Simplon Pass 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 43 Recto:
A Bridge over the ?River Toce; and a View of Mountains near the Simplon Pass 1819
D16968
Turner Bequest CXCIV 43
Pencil on white wove paper, 195 x 121 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Sim’ top centre, within inverted sketch
Stamped in black ‘CXCIV 43’ bottom left, descending left-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The location of the one-arched bridge spanning a shallow river depicted within the main scene on this page remains unidentified. However, it is likely to depict a view seen from the route south along the Toce river between Domodossola and Lake Maggiore.1
Also on the page is a small inverted sketch of mountains which Turner has annotated ‘Sim[plon]’, i.e. a scene within the Swiss Alps near the Simplon Pass.

Nicola Moorby
May 2011

1
Crimi 2007, p.37 note 52.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘A Bridge over the ?River Toce; and a View of Mountains near the Simplon Pass 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-bridge-over-the-river-toce-and-a-view-of-mountains-near-r1132843, accessed 17 October 2021.