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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mountains from above Chambéry 1836

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Verso:
Mountains from above Chambéry 1836
Turner Bequest CCXCIV 23a
Pencil on white wove paper, 104 x 148 mm
Watermarked ‘B. Arnos[so]’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Bare Rock’, ‘Iser’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains three sketches:
i. (bottom) Perhaps the left part of a four-part panorama, continued from D29253; Turner Bequest CCXCIV 23a recording the vista of mountains from above Chambéry, south of the château and old town, here panning left to take in the mountains to the west of the city.
ii. (top) The right part of the same four-part panorama, this time panning right across the mountains from the Croix du Nivolet.
iii. (centre, squeezed in between the two inscriptions) The continuation of (ii) to the right, to complete the panorama to the south-west towards the valley of the ‘Iser’ (Isère).
Maurice Guillaud1 misread Turner’s inscription as ‘Bare Ecrin’, drawing the mistaken inference that Turner must have passed through the area of Briançon on this tour.

David Hill
June 2010

Guillaud, Turner en France, pp.481, 483.

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Mountains from above Chambéry 1836 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, February 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-mountains-from-above-chambery-r1144807, accessed 25 June 2022.