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 8 Verso:
Mountains, near the Simplon Pass 1819
Turner Bequest CXCIV 8 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
This sketch depicts a view within the Swiss Alps near the Simplon Pass, to which Turner made an excursion from Italy in the late summer of 1819. The grey uneven ground of the washed paper makes the pencil drawing difficult to see and it is not known whether the scene dates from the outward or return trip. The artist has employed scratching-out in order to create passages of white describing the snow-topped peaks to the right.
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-r1132780, accessed 22 May 2024.