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© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)
© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)

A Mountain Valley

1843?

Joseph Mallord William Turner

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Title

A Mountain Valley

Date

1843?

Description

Ruskin cautiously identified this watercolour as a view of the Allee Blanche, from the foot of the Glacier de Miage. He developed his thoughts in his 1857 catalogue, stating that this was a 'noble drawing, though not much like the place, which I only recognise by the peculiar outlines on the right hand. But its exquisite gradations of colour, and the perfect expression of the retiring ridge which leads up to the left-hand peak, make this one of the best mountain drawings in the series'.
Gallery label, September 2004

Medium: Graphite and watercolour on paper
Credit line: 'Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856'

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Location

Miage Glacier, Aosta Valley, Italy

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