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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Views in the Maurienne Valley, Savoy; including Two of the Tour du Châtel 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 81 Verso:
Three Views in the Maurienne Valley, Savoy; including Two of the Tour du Châtel 1819
D14127
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 81 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 185 x 114 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains three sketches depicting views in the Maurienne Valley, Savoy, on the approach towards St-Jean-de-Maurienne, the capital city of the valley. Turner’s draughtsmanship is rather rough and schematic. However, the two lower drawings clearly show a square tower perched on the rocky slopes above the floor of the valley and this can be identified as the Tour du Châtel, also known as the Tour de Bérold, an ancient tower which is located near the village of Châtel, approximately a mile and a half north of St-Jean-de-Maurienne. According to tradition the founder of the House of Savoy, Humbert the White Hands died here in 1048. A related view of the tower can be found on folio 82 (D14128).
The uppermost vista appears to include a bridge and a small part of the composition at the top spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 81 (D14126).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Three Views in the Maurienne Valley, Savoy; including Two of the Tour du Châtel 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-three-views-in-the-maurienne-valley-savoy-including-two-of-r1142986, accessed 15 January 2021.