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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner St Julien, near Geneva 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 78 Verso:
St Julien, near Geneva 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIII 78a
Pencil, lightly touched with white chalk on grey-buff laid paper, 138 x 215 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘St Julian’ top right
Stamped in black ‘LXXIII 78a’ bottom right, running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Although drawn at the end of this sketchbook, this sketch and that inside the back cover derive from relatively early in Turner’s tour. After spending several days exploring Grenoble, for which see folios 76 verso and 77 verso (D04488, D04490), and the Grande Chartreuse, he had followed the Isère valley north and passed through Chambery, Aix-les-Bains and Annecy, and had reached the town on St Julien, on the French-Swiss border and today on the southern edge of Geneva. David Hill notes that the town, and Rumilly between Aix-les-Bains and Annecy, were the only two identifiable subjects that Turner drew on this stage of his journey.

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘St Julien, near Geneva 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2004, 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-st-julien-near-geneva-r1133121, accessed 07 December 2019.