Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views in Savoy, Including One with the River Isère

1820

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 x 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16691
Turner Bequest CXCII 25 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains two, or perhaps three sketches of mountainous landscapes related to Turner’s return journey through Savoy in January 1820. The precise locations have not been conclusively identified although Turner has noted the position of the River ‘Isère’ in the lower prospect and this suggests that these are views seen from the road travelling westwards between Aiguebelle and Montmélian. The ruined tower or castle visible at the bottom may be the same building represented in another sketch from the Paris, France, Savoy 2 sketchbook (Tate D14118; Turner Bequest CLXXIII 77).

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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