Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pont Pérant, near St Laurent-du-Pont, Gorges du Guiers Mort, Chartreuse

1802

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk, gouache and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 282 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04523
Turner Bequest LXXIV 30

Catalogue entry

For Turner’s visit to the Chartreuse in 1802 see Introduction to the sketchbook.
Turner’s label ‘Le Petit Pont G C’ presumably refers to this drawing and occasioned the title given to it by John Ruskin. The bridge can be identified as the Pont Pérant in the Gorges du Guiers Mort near St Laurent-du-Pont. The recurrence of this picturesque subject in nineteenth-century artists’ sketchbooks and literary travelogues has been remarked by Professor Yves Bouchet.1
In his discussion of the varied graphic styles in evidence in this sketchbook, Gerald Wilkinson singled out this drawing for its ‘stability’ and ‘as a foretaste of the dovetailed finality of some the Liber Studiorum compositions’.
1
Yves Bouchet, ‘Les Voyages de Turner en Dauphiné – été 1802 et automne 1836’, Bulletin Mensuel de l’Académie Delphinale, no.1, Janvier 2009, p.29.
Verso:
Blank, inscribed perhaps by a later hand in pencil ‘12’

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

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