Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd

  • Watercolour
  • 9 ¾ × 10 ¾ inches · 248 × 273 mm
  • Painted 1836


  • John Edward Taylor;
  • Taylor sale, Christie’s, 8th July 1912, lot 107 ‘A Mountainous Landscape: a town seen in a valley, in the middle distance’, (1100 gns to Gibbs); 
  • Horace Gibbs;
  • Mrs Willard Straight (née Dorothy Payne Whitney, later Mrs Leonard K.Elmhirst), acquired from or through Horace Gibbs in 1912, to 1942;
  • Mrs Robert B. Choate, Danvers, MA, by 1946, to 1983;
  • Leger Galleries, London; 
  • Private collection, acquired from the above, 1984;
  • By descent, 2020.


  • New York, Metropolitan Museum, 1912-42 (on loan from Mrs Dorothy Whitney Straight);
  • New York, Kende Galleries at Gimball Bros., 1942, no. 190;
  • Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Paintings, Drawings and Prints by J. M. W. Turner, John Constable and R. P. Bonington, 1946, no. 41 (lent by Mrs Robert B. Choate);
  • London, Leger Galleries, English Watercolours, 1984, no. 2 (as ‘An Alpine Valley, probably the Val d’Aosta’);
  • Toronto Art Gallery, Turner and the Romantic Landscape, 1995;
  • Aosta, Museo Archeologico Regionale, Joseph Mallord William Turner: Le Mont-Blanc et la Vallée d'Aosta, July-October 2000, no. 14 (as Sallanches). 


  • Walter Thornbury, The Life and Correspondence of J.M.W. Turner, 1862, vol. 1, pp.229-231 (see also George Jones’s annotated copy of this book, formerly in the possession of Frances Haskell, and now in the Print Room at Tate Britain; this contains Munro of Novar’s own recollections of the 1836 tour);
  • A.J. Finberg, The Life of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1961, pp.361-2; 
  • Selby Whittingham, News and Sales Record, Turner Studies, Winter 1984, vol.4, no.2, p.62;
  • David Hill, Joseph Mallord William Turner. Le Mont-Blanc et la Vallée d’Aoste, exh. cat., Museo Archeologico Regionale, Aosta, 2000, pp.123, 271-2, no.14, (as ‘Sallanches, 1836’);
  • Andrew Wilton, Turner in his time, revised edition, 2006, p.155.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - The Stuart Collection, museum purchase funded by Francita Stuart Koelsch Ulmer in honor of the past presidents and members of the Houston Art League, the Museum’s founding organization.