Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Isère Valley

1802

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 221 x 283 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04512
Turner Bequest LXXIV 19

Catalogue entry

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
1
Cook and Wedderburn 1904, p.265; Ruskin on Pictures; Cook 1902, p.226.
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David Blayney Brown
September 2011

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