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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The North Face of the Eiger from above Grindelwald 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 31 Recto:
The North Face of the Eiger from above Grindelwald 1802
D04771
Turner Bequest LXXVII 31
Pencil on white wove paper, 154 x 240 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Grindelwald’ bottom right
Inscribed in an unknown hand in pencil ‘31’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXVII – 31’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Grindelwald and Turner’s four views in this sketchbook, see especially folio 29 (D04768).
Here he has climbed up some way from the village into the meadows at the foot of the Great Scheidegg pass, to take a view of the Eiger rearing above. To elucidate the subject, David Hill also reproduces a photograph of his own, taken from a similar but slightly more elevated position. For a sketch of a rather closer view of the Eiger from the lower glacier at Grindelwald, see folio 29 (D04768). Turner made a chalk elaboration of this in his Grenoble series (Tate D04537; Turner Bequest LXXIV 44).
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David Blayney Brown
March 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The North Face of the Eiger from above Grindelwald 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-the-north-face-of-the-eiger-from-above-grindelwald-r1133474, accessed 30 November 2021.