Joseph Mallord William Turner

Grenoble Bridge


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour and graphite on paper
Support: 555 × 750 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 346

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These sheets are two of four preparatory studies for a watercolour of the bridge over the River Isère at Grenoble (now in Baltimore, America). Turner had visited Grenoble in 1802 on his first visit to the Continent and utilised sketches he had made on that journey for this subject. In the group of colour studies Turner's working practice can be followed stage by stage towards the finished work. represents the most basic stage of the view, with its broad tonal areas of colour, while in, the details and forms of the picturesque design are more readily discernible.

Gallery label, August 2004

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