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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Façade of a Building, ?Domodossola; and Two Views of the Alps from the Simplon Road 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 81 Verso:
Façade of a Building, ?Domodossola; and Two Views of the Alps from the Simplon Road 1819
D14301
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 80 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 186 x 111 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains three distinct drawings. At the top of the sheet is a detailed study of the façade of a building. The precise location remains unidentified. However, the architectural details such as the arcade and the upper-floor loggia, are reminiscent of the characteristic style of Piazza del Mercato (Market Square) in the city of Domodossola. See also folio 81 (D14300; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 80).
Also on the page are two distant views of the Swiss Alps seen from the road to the Simplon Pass (for a general discussion of Turner’s journey see the introduction to the sketchbook, and also the introduction to the Passage of the Simplon sketchbook, Tate, Turner Bequest CXCIV).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Façade of a Building, ?Domodossola; and Two Views of the Alps from the Simplon Road 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-facade-of-a-building-domodossola-and-two-views-of-the-alps-r1142822, accessed 25 October 2021.