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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mountains in the Tyrol Alps 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
Mountains in the Tyrol Alps 1840
D32283
Turner Bequest CCCXX 11
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 149 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?S]’ top centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘11’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCXX – 11’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This rugged, unidentified subject, drawn with the page turned horizontally, seems to be annotated in the sky with an ‘S’ or possibly a ‘G’, with a line leading down to a distant peak. There appear to be towers in the valley below. The setting is presumably the Tyrol Alps, travelling east from Sankt Anton am Arlberg (see folio 10 verso opposite; D32282).
A long sequence of sketches, mostly characterised as ‘Mountains’ by Finberg (with occasional identifications and transcriptions of the place names marked by the artist), lies between folios 7 recto and 76 recto (D32275–D32411).1 See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the likely overall route between Bregenz and Venice.2

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
2
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Mountains in the Tyrol Alps 1840 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2018, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-mountains-in-the-tyrol-alps-r1196518, accessed 07 August 2022.