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In 1846, Pyne made his first extended Continental tour. He followed the Rhine through Germany to Switzerland, crossed the Tyrolean Alps and descended into Italy.
The expressed purpose of this trip was to study the light effects that were peculiar to the Alpine region. This watercolor, probably depicting one of the treacherous roadways ascending to the mountain passes on the Italian-Swiss border, is, however, one of his few actual Alpine subjects.
Walter Turner, Birmingham, Turner Sale, Sotheby, London; bt. Thomas Agnew and Sons; H.C. Green; Green Sale, Sotheyby, London, Oct. 18, 1961 (132); bt. Grace Ritchie through John Mitchell and Son, London