Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Isère Valley and the Voreppe-Grenoble Road

1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 215 x 285 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04513
Turner Bequest LXXIV 20

Catalogue entry

Turner’s label for this drawing is inscribed ‘La Route de Voreppe a Grenoble’. Turner surveys the flat floor of the Isère Valley from the road from Voreppe and Lyons. In his catalogue notes for Marlborough House, John Ruskin described this drawing as ‘Careless but grand in toss of mountain form, and in the noble contradiction of the slope from the left by the diagonal light of the Alp seen through the gap in the distance’.1
1
Cook and Wedderburn 1904, p.265; Ruskin on Pictures; Cook 1902, p.226.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

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