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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Mountains in the Tyrol Alps, with the River Inn 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
Mountains in the Tyrol Alps, with the River Inn 1840
Turner Bequest CCCXX 13
Pencil on white wove paper, 149 x 89 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Inn’ bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘13’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXX – 13’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view falls among a sequence presumably made in the Tyrol Alps, travelling east from Sankt Anton am Arlberg (see folio 10 verso opposite; D32282) towards Landeck (see under folio 16 verso; D32294). The note of the River Inn in the foreground is slightly problematic, as Turner would not have encountered it until Landeck itself, so either the subject is a little out of sequence or he was misinformed; he would likely have followed the course of the River Sanna towards its confluence with the Inn at Landeck for the last few miles of his approach.
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

See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
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, with the River Inn 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-with-the-river-inn-r1196522, accessed 07 August 2022.