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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Saône Valley towards the Jura 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto:
The Saône Valley towards the Jura 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIII 21
Pencil on grey-buff laid paper, 138 x 215 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘first View of Mont Blanc’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXIII 21’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
David Hill speculates that Turner’s second night out of Paris was spent at Autun;1 see folios 20 and 22 of this sketchbook (D04412, D04414). This panorama across the Saône valley towards the mountains he had come to see would thus have greeted him on the morning of his third day travelling, as he reached the edge of the escarpment on his way to Chalon-sur-Saône, for which see folios 17 and 18 (D04409, D04410). Turner’s belief that he could by now see Mont Blanc was perhaps optimistic.
Hill 1992, p.26.

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Saône Valley towards the Jura 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-saone-valley-towards-the-jura-r1133040, accessed 24 June 2024.