Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Entrance to the Chartreuse


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Chalk and gouache on paper
Support: 217 × 284 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXIV Z

Technique and condition

This composition has been executed with pencil, black chalk and white gouache on a greyish-buff coloured wove paper. The black chalk drawing was applied first, followed by the pencil. The gouache wash was applied last. Strong, swift lines and heavy shading are evident in this work. The roughly cut top edge of the sheet indicates removal from a sketchbook.
Some light damage is evident, since in the past this image was covered with a window mount and displayed light for too long. This damage is irreversible and has permanently altered the colour of the paper, slightly impairing the intended contrast of greyish background, black chalk shading and white gouache. Other works in the same group show a greater alteration, the paper having turned brown.

Helen Evans
December 2008

Revised by Joyce Townsend
February 2011

Catalogue entry

It seems possible that this drawing, though stamped separately with the letter ‘Z’, is the one listed by Finberg as ‘Page 29’ of the Grenoble series, which has long been thought to be missing. That sheet was exhibited at the National Gallery as ‘Entrance to the Chartreuse’, a title that might be compatible with the subject here.

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

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