J. M. W. Turner describes the gentle landscape of the foothills of the Alps, dotted with signs of human habitation, but also includes a glimpse of the forbidding snow-capped peak of Mont Blanc in the distance. Turner painted this view the year after his first trip to continental Europe, when he traveled through France and explored the perilous mountain passes to Switzerland and Italy. The sketchbooks that he filled with observations during that brief voyage allowed him to continue to paint dramatic views of Alpine scenery such as this over the next dozen years, even while the Napoleonic wars raging on the continent prevented him from continuing his travels.


  • Title: Bonneville, Savoy
  • Date Created: 1803
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed dimensions: 46 1/4 × 58 1/8 × 5 1/8 in. (117.48 × 147.64 × 13.02 cm)
  • Type: Paintings
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5320663/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Nancy Hamon in memory of Jake L. Hamon with additional donations from Mrs. Eugene D. McDermott, Mrs. James H. Clark, Mrs. Edward Marcus and the Leland Fikes Foundation, Inc.
  • Artist Nationality: British
  • Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner

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