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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Simplon, from the South-East, with the Fletschhorn Mountain 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
Simplon, from the South-East, with the Fletschhorn Mountain 1819
D16911
Turner Bequest CXCIV 11 a
Pencil and grey watercolour wash on white wove paper, 121 x 195 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘red the only [...] [...] [...] | B[...] Light’ centre of sketch
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The village of Simplon (Simplon-dorf), lies within a valley approximately nine miles south of the Simplon Pass through the Swiss Alps. This view is taken from the road to the south-east, representing the outward leg of the journey from Italy to Switzerland. The highest mountain peak visible on the left-hand side of the composition is the Fletschhorn. Further sketches of Simplon can be found on the inside front cover (D40959) and folio 1 verso (D16891).

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Simplon, from the South-East, with the Fletschhorn Mountain 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-simplon-from-the-south-east-with-the-fletschhorn-mountain-r1132786, accessed 20 May 2024.