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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Sallanches and the River Arve, from the St Martin Road 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
Sallanches and the River Arve, from the St Martin Road 1802
Turner Bequest LXXV 12
Pencil, black and white chalk on white wove paper prepared with grey wash, 315 x 473 mm
Stamped ‘LXXV 12’ bottom left, descending vertically, and again bottom right
For St Martin and Sallanches in this sketchbook see notes to D04602; Turner Bequest LXXV 10. This view of Sallanches was made from the road beside the River Arve, looking south over the old town with the church and bridge in the middle distance and the Pointe Percée rising in the background on the right. It became the basis of a watercolour made for Walter Fawkes (private collection)1 which has been variously dated between 18052 and 18153 and is presumably the ‘St Martin’s brig’ [sic] cited in a list of Alpine subjects (verso of Tate D08253; Turner Bequest CXX m).4 The watercolour was shown as ‘St Martin and Salenche, Savoy’ in Fawkes’s exhibition of his collection at his town house at 45 Grosvenor Place in 1819.
Turner listed ‘Vale near St. Martin’ among subjects commissioned, in hand or ‘done’ at the front of his album of 1802 dawings (see Technical notes to the Grenoble sketchbook, Tate
Turner Bequest LXXIV).
A pencil drawing on a large separate sheet depicts the same subject (Tate D04891; Turner Bequest LXXIX Q).
Wilton 1979, pp.342–3 no.380.
Butlin, Wilton and Gage 1974, p.48.
Eric Shanes, ‘Identifying Turner’s Chamonix water-colours’, The Burlington Magazine, vol.142 no.1172, November 2000, p.694.
Hill, Warburton and Tussey 1980, p.59.
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘248’

David Blayney Brown
November 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Sallanches and the River Arve, from the St Martin Road 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 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-sallanches-and-the-river-arve-from-the-st-martin-road-r1146482, accessed 19 September 2021.