Turner 's Snow-storm, avalanche and inundation - a scene in the upper part of Val d'Aout, Piedmont, oil on canvas, R.A. 1837, B.I. 1841, Art Institute of Chicago ( Wilton P371). The detailed comments here suggest that Ruskin must have seen this picture in Turner's gallery, although it seems to have been bought by the Birmingham collector Joseph Gillott in March 1845, and there are no subsequent comments in Ruskin's works.
J.M.W. Turner 1775-1851
Snow-storm, Avalanche and Inundation-a Scene in the Upper Part of Val d'Aouste, Piedmont 1837
Oil on canvas, 91.5x122.5cm
Exhibitions: RA 1837 (480); BI 1841 (104); Grosvenor Gallery 1889 (27); RA 1895 (126); Agnew 1926 (16); Brussels '29 (179); RA '34 (661); Toronto & Ottawa '51 (10); Indi'polis '55 (40); N.York '66 (15); Agnew '67 (21); Berlin '72 (21); RA '74-5 (567); Zurich '76-7(39)
Provenance: Joseph Gillott 1845 (according to his accounts -'Avalanche'); sale G. Pennell, bt H.A.J. Munro of Novar; sale Christie 6/4/1878 (102), bt Lord Wharncliffe, to 1889; James Price; sale Christie 15/6/1893 (66) bt. Agnew for Sir Donald Currie;by descent to his grand-daughter, Mrs. Craven, who sold to Agnew 1947; sold to the Art Institute of Chicago (Frederick T. Haskell Collection) in Dec.1947 through Rowland, Browse & Delbanco
Collection: Art Institute of Chicago
For a reproduction of this artistic work, please consult: Butlin, M., Joll, E., The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner: Revised Edition (2 Volumes), (Yale University Press, 1984), p.222/pl.375