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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Pointe Percée Range from near Geneva 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Verso:
The Pointe Percée Range from near Geneva 1802
Pencil, splashed with watercolour on light grey-buff laid paper, 138 x 215 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not previously listed or described, the subject has been identified by David Hill in correspondence with the author.1 The Pointe Percée rises above Sallanches, south east of Geneva. Hill thinks this distant view of the mountains is a continuation of that towards Mont Blanc, probably taken from Sècheron near Geneva, facing it on folio 5 of this sketchbook (D04397). Turner passed close by the range on his way from Geneva to Chamonix and the Mont Blanc region. For other views of the range in this sketchbook, made later and looking down the Arve valley from the road from St Martin to Servoz, see folios 60 and 62 (D04457, D04459).
The watercolour marks seem to consist both of splashes, mainly in blue, and colour trials of a pinkish-ochre. Further trials are on the facing folio 5.

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

Letter to David Blayney Brown, 4 April 2004, Tate catalogue files.

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Pointe Percée Range from 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-the-pointe-percee-range-from-near-geneva-r1133022, accessed 13 June 2024.