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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Views of Mountains in ?Savoy 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Verso:
Three Views of Mountains in ?Savoy 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 3 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 185 x 114 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘R Road’ within centre sketch bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains three separate drawings of scenes within a mountainous landscape. The studies are too rough to be identified, although the view at the bottom includes a bridge and buildings. Similar sketches can be found on folios 2 verso, 4 verso, 5 verso, 9 verso and 10 verso (D13994, D13998, D14000, D14007 and D14009), and are interspersed between studies of Paris and St-Cloud. Since they clearly interrupt the logical geographical progression of Turner’s Parisian views, it is likely that they relate to a point much later in the artist’s journey through France and probably depict mountains within Savoy.
At the bottom of the page is a very small part of a landscape sketch which has spilled over from the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 4 (D13997).

Nicola Moorby
February 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Three Views of Mountains in ?Savoy 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-of-mountains-in-savoy-r1142855, accessed 17 June 2024.