Joseph Mallord William Turner Lightning over a Wooded Valley; ?St Laurent-du-Pont, Chartreuse 1802

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Lightning over a Wooded Valley; ?St Laurent-du-Pont, Chartreuse
From Grenoble Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXIV
Date 1802
Medium Chalk, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 212 x 283 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXIV R
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Catalogue entry

Although stamped separately with the letter ‘G’, the present drawing is probably the one listed by Finberg as ‘Page 40’ of the Grenoble series, which has long been thought to be missing.
The title ‘St. Lauriot, Savoy’ given by John Ruskin when ‘Page 40’ was exhibited at the National Gallery was presumably based on one of two labels inscribed by Turner ‘St La...’., most probably indicating St Laurent-du-Pont, formerly St Laurent-du-Desert. Turner passed through the village on his way up from Voreppe though what he described as the ‘Petit’ Chartreuse’ to the Gorges du Guiers Mort.
Meeting Joseph Farington on 1 October 1802, in Paris after his Alpine tour, Turner reported seeing ‘very fine Thunder Storms among the mountains’.1
Kenneth Garlick and Angus Macintyre eds., The Diary of Joseph Farington, vol.V, New Haven and London 1979, p.1890.
Blank, inscribed perhaps by a later hand in pencil ‘46’

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

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