Fort Bard, Val d'Aosta

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1836 possibly

LL 3775

About this object

Turner visited Fort Bard in the Aosta Valley in north-west Italy in 1836. He made several sketches of the fort in pencil. It had famously been captured by Napoleon in 1800.

Turner rarely used colour when working from nature. He preferred to make several sketches of a view in pencil rather than focus on making one coloured work. This watercolour is an exception. His travel companion on the trip recalled, ‘I don’t remember colouring coming out on the trip until Switzerland.’

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1836 possibly
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Pencil; Paper; Scratching out
  • Measurements
    paper: 25.6 cm x 27.9 cm
  • Physical description
    A view of Fort Bard in the lower Val d'Aosta region. The fort is seen in the distance with a stone bridge in front it of and surrounded by mountains behind and to the sides of it. A bridge with figures and horses on it can be seen in the foreground. The foreground is painted in yellow tones while the fort and distant mountains are painted in blues and greys.
  • Related people
    William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner); Pawsey and Payne (Previous owner); F Stevenson (Previous owner); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    Out of Use Inventory Number: WHL 4697
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever 1923
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Ownership

Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1923
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 22 June 1923 by Gooden and Fox on Lever's behalf
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Pawsey and Payne

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1923
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 22 June 1923, Lot 23 under the title 'A Swiss Valley Scene'
  • F Stevenson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Fine Art
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