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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Views of Mountains, within the French Alps 1820

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Verso:
Views of Mountains, within the French Alps 1820
D16674
Turner Bequest CXCII 17 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 98 x 128 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Bluish’ ‘Yellow’, ‘Greenish Sun’ and ‘White Snow’ within sketch top left. Also ‘[?Tool] [...Ox] fois’ bottom right.
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains three, or perhaps four, rough sketches of mountainous landscape relating to Turner’s return journey across the Alps between Piedmont and Savoy. The precise locations are unknown although they are likely to depict views from the north (French) side of the Mont Cenis pass. The artist has annotated the vista in the top left-hand corner with notes concerning the colours of the sky and snow.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Views of Mountains, within the French Alps 1820 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-views-of-mountains-within-the-french-alps-r1142573, accessed 09 December 2021.