J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Voie Sarde near Les Échelles, with the Monument to Charles Emmanuel II 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 70 Recto:
The Voie Sarde near Les Échelles, with the Monument to Charles Emmanuel II 1819
D14106
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 70
Pencil on white wove paper, 185 x 114 mm
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIII 70’ top right, ascending right-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s route to Chambéry and the Mont Cenis pass took him through the Chartreuse Mountains in Savoy. The subject of this sketch is the Voie Sarde (Sardinian Way), an ancient Roman road which passed through a natural canyon, just east of the village of Les Échelles. The route was renovated during the seventeenth century by Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy (1634–1675) including the low stone walls seen here in the foreground. The study shows the ascent towards a monument built into the rock face which commemorates the Duke’s involvement with the road. For further studies and a fuller discussion see folios 71 and 71 verso (D14108 and D14109).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘The Voie Sarde near Les Échelles, with the Monument to Charles Emmanuel II 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-voie-sarde-near-les-chelles-with-the-monument-to-charles-r1142965, accessed 24 October 2014.