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 9 Recto:
Mountains, near the Simplon Pass 1819
D16906
Turner Bequest CXCIV 9
Pencil and grey watercolour wash on white wove paper, 121 x 195 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘9’, bottom left, descending left-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CXCIV 9’ bottom left, descending left-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The dark, uneven tone of the grey watercolour wash covering this page makes Turner’s sketch of the Swiss Alps near the Simplon Pass almost impossible to see. The only clearly discernible passage is the jagged peaks of the mountains, heightened by white scratched-out areas near the top right-hand corner of the sheet.
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-r1132781, accessed 19 May 2024.