Joseph Mallord William TurnerGrenoble 1802

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From France, Savoy, Piedmont Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXIII
Date 1802
MediumGraphite and chalk on paper
Dimensionssupport: 138 x 215 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXIII 76 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 76 Verso:
Grenoble 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIII 76a
Pencil, lightly touched with white chalk on grey-buff laid paper, 138 x 215 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Part of Grenoble’ top right
Stamped in black ‘LXXIII 76a’ bottom right, running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Although drawn on pages near the end of this sketchbook, this sketch and the similar on folio 77 verso (D04490) derive from earlier in Turner’s tour. He took two days to make the sixty-five miles from Lyon to Grenoble, where he spent several more exploring the city and its surroundings. Most of his drawings of the region were made in his larger Grenoble series (Tate, D04493–D04589; D40023; D44064; D40197–D40209; Turner Bequest LXXIV), but these smaller memoranda must represent some of his first impressions and are carefully drawn.

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

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