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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of a Mountain Valley, near the Simplon Pass 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Verso:
View of a Mountain Valley, near the Simplon Pass 1819
D16903
Turner Bequest CXCIV 7 a
Pencil and grey watercolour wash on white wove paper, 121 x 195 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of a valley amidst mountains documents part of Turner’s expedition into the Swiss Alps as far as the Simplon Pass. Owing to the dark, uneven surface of the grey watercolour wash, the drawn pencil details are difficult to decipher. However, it is possible to make out some buildings lining the side of the road to the right and the craggy forms of the mountain slopes in the background.
For a general discussion of Turner’s expedition to the Simplon Pass see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
April 2011

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of a Mountain Valley, near the Simplon Pass 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2011, 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-view-of-a-mountain-valley-near-the-simplon-pass-r1132778, accessed 19 May 2024.