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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mountain Peaks, near the Simplon Pass 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
Mountain Peaks, near the Simplon Pass 1819
D16894
Turner Bequest CXCIV 3
Pencil and grey watercolour wash on white wove paper, 121 x 195 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘3’, bottom left, descending left-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CXCIV 3’ bottom left, descending left-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s excursion from Italy into the Swiss Alps took him along a route from Domodossola and the Val Divedro to Gondo and the Simplon Pass. In order to record the dramatic landscape through which he was travelling he opted to sketch the majority of his views on sheets prepared with a grey watercolour wash. The drawing of steep mountainous peaks on this page is too faint to be identified as a particular location. However, it is likely to depict the ascent towards the Simplon Pass. The artist has scratched out an area of the grey wash to reveal the white paper beneath. This perhaps denotes snow or cloud amidst the mountains.

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Mountain Peaks, near the Simplon Pass 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-mountain-peaks-near-the-simplon-pass-r1132769, accessed 19 May 2024.