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 10 Verso:
Mountains, near the Simplon Pass 1819
Turner Bequest CXCIV 10a
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, although the precise location is impossible to identify. The details of the pencil drawing are difficult to make out against the background of the grey watercolour wash. However, there is a clearly discernible figure in the bottom left-hand corner, and the artist has employed some scratching-out to create passages of tonal contrast defining the silhouette of the mountains.
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-r1132784, accessed 22 May 2024.