Not on display
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).