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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Five Sketches of Mountains, ?between Mont Cenis and Susa; and a Group of Figures 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Verso:
Five Sketches of Mountains, ?between Mont Cenis and Susa; and a Group of Figures 1819
D14155
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 5 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 186 x 111 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Woman Blue Ribbon | [?in] Hair’ above figure studies, centre left-hand side, and ‘Mt [?...]’ and ‘R’ and ‘Blue’ bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains several sketches of mountainous views. The precise locations are currently unidentified although the uppermost vista clearly depicts a bridge beside a small church or building. They possibly represent views of the descent on the Italian side from the Pass of Mont Cenis towards Susa.1 Turner has also made a series of thumbnail sketches of figures annotated with notes on colour and local costume.

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

1
Crimi 2007, p.23 note 16.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Five Sketches of Mountains, ?between Mont Cenis and Susa; and a Group of Figures 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-five-sketches-of-mountains-between-mont-cenis-and-susa-and-a-r1142678, accessed 23 May 2024.