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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mountains, near the Simplon Pass 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
Mountains, near the Simplon Pass 1819
Turner Bequest CXCIV 5 a
Pencil and grey watercolour wash on white wove paper, 121 x 195 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Like many of Turner’s views from the road to the Simplon Pass, this sketch has been executed on white paper prepared with a grey watercolour wash. The white patches in the top left-hand corner indicate where the sheet was held during the process of covering it in paint. The dark ground and uneven granulations of the wash make the pencil drawing difficult to decipher but the visible details appear to show a mountainous vista with a bridge in the bottom left-hand corner. There is also evidence of a small amount of scratching out by the artist to provide some tonal contrast within the composition.
For a general discussion of Turner’s expedition to the Simplon Pass see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Mountains, 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-mountains-near-the-simplon-pass-r1132774, accessed 20 May 2024.