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John Ruskin’s title for this drawing, taken from Turner’s label inscribed ‘Valley de Iser’ [sic], is retained here. The drawing might be taken from the Lyons road, perhaps near La Frette or Voreppe. Other drawings of the Isère valley from this sketchbook include D04513 and D14514; Turner Bequest LXXIV 19, 21.
In his catalogue notes for Marlborough House, Ruskin wrote of this drawing: ‘Coming down from the Alps the road through the valley appears to us disagreeably long and straight. We resolve to have a steady look at it; on which it occurs to us that, nevertheless, it will draw.’1
Cook and Wedderburn 1904, p.265; Ruskin on Pictures; Cook 1902, p.226.