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The St Gothard Pass at the Devil's Bridge About 1830 - 1835

Not on display

Storm clouds loom over like huge waves about to engulf the pass below, where the glacial river surges over tortuous rocks. The small group of travellers viewing the bridge underlines the awe-inspiring character of the scene. Turner first crossed the St Gothard Pass in 1802, and returned in the 1840s. It made a great impression on him and features in sketches and watercolours made from 1802 onwards. It is likely that this drawing was made, however, in the early 1840s.

Glossary Open


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.



  • Acc. No. D NG 877
  • Medium Pencil and watercolour and scraping on paper
  • Size 23.20 x 28.90 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900