Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Views from the Road between Chambéry and Aiguebelle; Including One of Montmélian


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Graphite on paper
Support: 185 x 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 74 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s journey through Savoy took him to the regional capital, Chambéry, and east towards the Mont Cenis pass. This page contains four sketches seen from the road between Chambéry and Aiguebelle. The three lower drawings represent views looking east in the direction of travel along the Val Gelon, but the uppermost study looks backwards, south-west towards Montmélian, a town on the River Isére approximately ten miles east of Chambéry. Visible in the scene is the seventeenth-century bridge (Pont de l’Isère) and the ruined fortress of the Dukes of Savoy which stands on the citadel just above the town. For further sketches of Montmélian see folios 73 verso and 74 (D14113 and D14114).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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