Turner Bequest CCLXXX 145
Inscribed by the artist in black watercolour ‘1826’ on base of cross in foreground of vignette
Inscribed by ?Henry le Keux in pencil ‘1814’ bottom centre and short pencil marks along the right and bottom edges of the sheet
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 145’ bottom right
(Such was her artless tale, told with fresh tears)
In Val d’Aosta; and an Alpine stream,
Leaping from crag to crag in its short course
To join the Dora, turned her father’s mill.
There did she blossom till a Valaisan,
A townsman of Martigny, won her heart,
Much to the old man’s grief. Long he refused,
Loth to be left; disconsolate at the thought.
She was his only one, his link to life;
And in despair – year after year gone by –
One summer-morn, they stole a match and fled.
The act was sudden; and when far away,
her spirit had misgivings. Then, full oft,
She pictured to herself that aged face
Sickly and wan, in sorrow, not in wrath;
And, when at last she heard his hour was near,
Went forth unseen, and, burdened as she was,
Crossed the high Alps on foot to ask forgiveness,
And hold him to her heart before he died.
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 145’ lower centre
How to cite
Meredith Gamer, ‘Aosta, for Rogers’s ‘Italy’ c.1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2006, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www