Turner Bequest CCXCIV 6a
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘St Michel’
ii. The fort of L'Esseillon from above; the first of a series of thumbnail profiles continued on the facing page (D29225; Turner Bequest CCXCIV 7), the first two of which here visit the viewpoint of the plate (following p.46) in William Brockedon’s Passes of the Alps (published in 1827–9). Turner painted a finished watercolour of The Fort of L’Esseillon (Metropolitan Museum, New York)1 from a similar but distinct viewpoint.
iii. L’Esseillon from above, a nearer view
iv. L’Esseillon from below, the main fort to the left, and the old, round fort to the right.
How to cite
David Hill, ‘St Michel de Maurienne, and Three Sketches of the Fort of L’Esseillon in the Maurienne Valley 1836 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, February 2014, https://www