The Aiguillette, Valley of Cluses (Hautes-Alphes, France)

William Ward, 1829 - 1908



The Aiguillette, Valley of Cluses (Hautes-Alphes, France)

William Ward 1829 - 1908

Summary

Valley seen from low level looking up from stream under single arched bridge with figure looking over side. Flock of sheep on riverbank on right feeding from the water. A shepherd dog is on the left. White walled red tiled roof buildings on the left. Steep mountains and cliff face in distance and far distance is snow capped mountains. In a letter to Thomas Horsfall, John Ruskin wrote: "I am very heartily glad you have taken the Aiguillette as I think it will always be a thoroughly instructive example - it is one of the most literally true drawings Turner ever made - the little bridge, cottage, and small cascade over the intermediate crags under the Aiguillette, which is the northern extremity of the precipices of the Aiguille de Varens, were always a favourite place of rest with me in the Valley of Cluse, before I knew Turner had ever seen them".


Object Name

The Aiguillette, Valley of Cluses (Hautes-Alphes, France)

Creators Name

William Ward

Date Created

1880 (circa)

Dimensions

support: 49.4cm x 37.9cm

accession number

1918.463

Place of creation

Europe

Support

paper

Medium

watercolour

Credit

Transferred from the Horsfall Museum Collection, 1918

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