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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Sankt Anton am Arlberg, in the Tyrol Alps 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Verso:
Sankt Anton am Arlberg, in the Tyrol Alps 1840
Turner Bequest CCCXX 10a
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 149 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?St anton]’ bottom centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg read Turner’s inscription as ‘Aubin’, but suggested ‘St. Anton, on E. slope of the Arlberg’1 as the subject of this horizontal drawing; this seems correct, as the word appears to be preceded by ‘St’ and may well be ‘anton’ anyway.2 Although folio 8 verso (D32278) is inscribed, the place name has yet to be clearly deciphered (although it may indicate Blundenz), making the present view the first identifiable location on Turner’s journey south-east from Bregenz (see under folio 2 verso; D32266), nearly forty miles back as the crow flies. From here, Landeck (see under folio 16 verso; D32294) is about fifteen miles to the east. High in the Austrian Alps at the western end of Tyrol, Sankt Anton is now well known as a ski resort.
A long sequence of sketches, mostly characterised as ‘Mountains’ by Finberg (with occasional identifications and transcriptions of the place names marked by the artist), lies between folios 7 recto and 76 recto (D32275–D32411).3 See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the likely overall route between Bregenz and Venice.4

Matthew Imms
September 2018

Finberg 1909, II, p.1030.
See also Yardley 1983, p.55.
See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Sankt Anton am Arlberg, in the Tyrol Alps 1840 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2018, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-sankt-anton-am-arlberg-in-the-tyrol-alps-r1196517, accessed 07 August 2022.