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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mountains, Looking towards St Gervais-les-Bains 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
Mountains, Looking towards St Gervais-les-Bains 1802
Pencil on paper laid on board, 138 x 215 mm
Affixed with the label of the supplier of the book: ‘No 121 | Rue du Coq Honore | COIFFIER M. de Couleurs et de Papiers | PARIS’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘St Jervais’ top right
Numbered and inscribed for the Turner Schedule by Henry Scott Trimmer and Charles Turner in ink ‘no.287. Contains 78 Leaves | Pencil sketches highten with | Chalk – | H.S. Trimmer | C. Turner’, and initialled by John Prescott Knight and Charles Lock Eastlake in pencil ‘J.P.K. | C.L.E.’
Stamped in black ‘LXXIII’ top right, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Following Turner’s inscription, David Hill has confirmed in correspondence with the author Finberg’s identification of this very slight sketch.1 It shows a view towards St Gervais-les-Bains, taken from the old road from St Martin to Servoz. At this point Turner was following the Arve valley south towards Mont Blanc on the outward stage of his Alpine journey.

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

David Hill, letter to David Blayney Brown, 4 March 2004, Tate catalogue files.

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Mountains, Looking towards St Gervais-les-Bains 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2004, 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-mountains-looking-towards-st-gervais-les-bains-r1133017, accessed 14 June 2024.