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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Orsières 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Orsières 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIV 79
Pencil on greyish-buff laid paper, 213 x 282 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Orsiare’ towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXIV 79’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg listed this as one of 22 leaves from this sketchbook found ‘in a parcel labelled by Mr. Ruskin – “M. 16. Leaves of S. 229. Laid down.” They have been mounted on cartridge by Mr. Ruskin.’ Evidently, Ruskin isolated these drawings because they were pencil outlines, without the additions of chalk or gouache found elsewhere in the sketchbook.
In 1802, Turner passed through the village of Orsières after Liddes (see from this sketchbook D04573; Turner Bequest LXXIV 80), en route down the Val d’Entremont towards the Valais and Martigny. Turner’s stop to make this quick sketch is noted by David Hill.1
Hill 1992, p.89.
Laid down

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Orsières 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-orsieres-r1146437, accessed 03 July 2020.