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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner La Croix de Fer from near Magland 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
La Croix de Fer from near Magland 1802
Turner Bequest LXXV 8
Pencil, black chalk and watercolour with white chalk or gouache on white wovepaper prepared with grey wash, 473 x 315 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘31’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXV 8’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
A label numbered, like this drawing, ‘31’ by John Ruskin is inscribed by Turner ‘Alps Vis a Vis de St Martin Savoy’ which would be right in general terms. However Ruskin applied his own more specific title ‘The Aiguillette from Magland’, evidently on comparison with the two watercolours of L’Aiguillette, Valley of Cluses from his collection (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina).1 These depict mountains also including La Croix de Fer, seen from Oex between Magland and Sallanches, as David Hill has shown.2
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, pp.340–1 no.357, 342 no.372.
David Hill, Turner in the Alps: The Journey through France & Switzerland in 1802, London 1992, p.53.

David Blayney Brown
October 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘La Croix de Fer from near Magland 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-la-croix-de-fer-from-near-magland-r1146480, accessed 23 June 2024.