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Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775–1851, British
Lake Geneva and Mount Blanc
1802 to 1805
Watercolor, pen and black ink, pen and brown ink and scraping out on slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 28 7/8 x 44 5/8 inches (73.3 x 113.3 cm) and Frame: 35 5/8 x 50 5/8 x 1 3/8 inches (90.5 x 128.6 x 3.5 cm)

Scratched inscription lower left: "JMWT"; in black watercolor, lower right: "Arrete"

watermark: 1804 (letters)

Signed in pen and brown ink, lower left: "JMW Turner. RA."; not dated

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
boats | cattle | Grand Tour | lake | landscape | marine art | mountains | sheep | swimmers | trees
Associated Places:
France | Geneva | Geneva, Lake | Mont Blanc
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Exhibition History:
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Works of Splendor and Imagination - The Exhibition Watercolor 1770-1870 (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-09-16 - 1981-11-22)

Presences of Nature - British Landscape 1780-1830 (Yale Center for British Art, 1982-10 - 1983-02)

Magnificent Switzerland (Museum of Art and History, Geneva, 1991-11-12 - 1992-02-02)

Magnificent Switzerland (Fondazione Thyssen-Bornemisza, 1991-08-01 - 1991-10-31)

Ruskin - Past: Present: Future (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-01-20 - 2000-02-27)

J.M.W. Turner, R.A.: The Great Watercolors (Royal Academy of Arts, 2000-12-02 - 2001-02-18)

Turner Inspired - In the Light of Claude (National Gallery, London, 2012-03-14 - 2012-06-05)

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Gabriele Crepaldi, Turner, Prestel, Munich ; London, 2011, pp. 46-47, NJ18.T85 C75 2011 (YCBA)

John Gage, J.M.W. Turner: "a wonderful range of mind", Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, p. 43, fig. 64, NJ18 T85 G36 (LC) (YCBA)

Eric Shanes, Turner, the great watercolours , Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2000, p. 87, cat. no. 19, NJ18 T85 S446 2000 (YCBA)

Eric Shanes, The life and masterworks of J.M.W. Turner, Parkstone Press, New York, 2008, p. 102, NJ18 T85 S441 2008 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Ian Warrell, Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude, National Gallery, London, London, 2012, p. 68, 75, Pl. 6, NJ18 T85 +W365 2012 Oversize (YCBA)

Andrew Wilton, The life and work of J.M.W. Turner, Academy Editions, London, 1979, p. 342, No. 370, NJ18 T85 +W577 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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