J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Entrance to the Isère Valley from above La Frette, on the Road from Lyon to Grenoble 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Entrance to the Isère Valley from above La Frette, on the Road from Lyon to Grenoble 1802
D04618
Turner Bequest LXXV 26
Pencil, watercolour and gouache with stopping out on white wove paper prepared with grey wash, 311 x 471 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXV 26’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner based his Liber Studiorum plate Chain of Alps from Grenoble to Chamberi on this view; the study for it is Tate D08153; Turner Bequest CXVII Y. Forrester suggests that he may have selected the subject as a contrasting pair to Peat Bog, Scotland, representing sun and rest instead of rain and toil.
This watercolour was withdrawn from the Fourth Loan Collection in 1906 owing to serious fading of indigo wash.
Verso:
Inscribed ?by a later hand in pencil ‘Valley of the Rhone’, and ‘26’ (crossed through) and ‘13’

David Blayney Brown
October 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Entrance to the Isère Valley from above La Frette, on the Road from Lyon to Grenoble 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-entrance-to-the-isere-valley-from-above-la-frette-on-the-r1146522, accessed 28 May 2022.