Joseph Mallord William Turner

Torrent in the Chartreuse; ?Near Pont Pérant


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Chalk, gouache and graphite on paper
Support: 283 × 212 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXIV 31

Catalogue entry

For Turner’s visit to the Chartreuse in 1802 see Introduction to the sketchbook.
This mountain stream or fall is probably in the Gorges du Guiers Mort below Pont Pérant (see, from this sketchbook, D04523; Turner Bequest LXXIV 30). Turner’s Liber Studiorum plate Mill, near the Grande Chartreuse: – Dauphiny is perhaps an elaboration of this drawing, or at least of the memories it evoked, since it shows a river gushing over rocks. However, the composition is different and includes a wooden bridge over the gorge. For the study for the plate see Tate D08156; Turner Bequest CXVIII B.
At Tate Britain’s exhibition Drawing from Turner in 2006–7 this drawing was exhibited with copies by Sarah Praill and Tony Rodgers; further copies by Cath Hughes, Rachel Sopher and Chris Webster were reproduced on the exhibition website.
Blank, inscribed perhaps by a later hand in pencil ‘13’

David Blayney Brown
September 2007

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