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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Views of Mountains in ?Savoy; and Part of a Sketch of the Palais-Bourbon and the Pont de la Concorde, Paris 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Verso:
Two Views of Mountains in ?Savoy; and Part of a Sketch of the Palais-Bourbon and the Pont de la Concorde, Paris 1819
D13994
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 2 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 185 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains three distinct sketches: two drawn with the sketchbook held vertically and one horizontally.
The two drawings on the left-hand side, parallel with the left-hand edge of the book, are too rough to be identified but depict views of a mountainous landscape. Similar sketches can be found on folios 3 verso, 4 verso, 5 verso, 9 verso and 10 verso (D13996, 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.
The sketch on the right-hand side of the page is part of the topographical composition which has spilled over from the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 3 (D13995). The subject is a view of the River Seine in Paris with the Palais-Bourbon and the Pont de la Concorde, and this side shows the right bank of the river.

Nicola Moorby
February 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Two Views of Mountains in ?Savoy; and Part of a Sketch of the Palais-Bourbon and the Pont de la Concorde, Paris 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-two-views-of-mountains-in-savoy-and-part-of-a-sketch-of-the-r1142853, accessed 19 February 2020.