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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Pass c.1828-44

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Pass c.1828–44
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 309
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 156 x 123 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[... | ...]’ towards bottom left
Inscribed in red ink ‘309’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLIV 309’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This mountainous subject is unidentified, but may be in the north of Italy or neighbouring Switzerland; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating.
There is another drawing on the verso (D34766; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 309v); the views were made on one half of a folded sheet, with D34760 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 306v) opposite the present sketch and D34759 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 306) on its recto. For the relationship of these drawings to similar sheets, see the technical notes below.
Technical notes:
As discussed above, the present work is one of four accessioned drawings on a single folded sheet. Finberg listed other similar instances consecutively,1 making a total of twelve drawings of similar subjects made on three quarters (matching at the torn edges) of an original sheet measuring some 317 x 465 mm. The fourth quarter is yet to be identified, but the others are Tate D34755–D34758 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 304, 304v, 305, 305v) and Tate D34761–D34764 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 307, 307v, 308, 308v).

Matthew Imms
February 2016

Finberg 1909, II, pp.1135–6.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Pass c.1828–44 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-northern-italian-or-swiss-mountain-pass-r1183086, accessed 27 May 2024.