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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Pont Pérant, near St Laurent-du-Pont, Gorges du Guiers Mort, Chartreuse 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Pont Pérant, near St Laurent-du-Pont, Gorges du Guiers Mort, Chartreuse 1802
D04523
Turner Bequest LXXIV 30
Pencil, black chalk and white gouache on greyish-buff laid paper, 282 x 215 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXIV 30’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Turner’s visit to the Chartreuse in 1802 see Introduction to the sketchbook.
Turner’s label ‘Le Petit Pont G C’ presumably refers to this drawing and occasioned the title given to it by John Ruskin. The bridge can be identified as the Pont Pérant in the Gorges du Guiers Mort near St Laurent-du-Pont. The recurrence of this picturesque subject in nineteenth-century artists’ sketchbooks and literary travelogues has been remarked by Professor Yves Bouchet.1
In his discussion of the varied graphic styles in evidence in this sketchbook, Gerald Wilkinson singled out this drawing for its ‘stability’ and ‘as a foretaste of the dovetailed finality of some the Liber Studiorum compositions’.
1
Yves Bouchet, ‘Les Voyages de Turner en Dauphiné – été 1802 et automne 1836’, Bulletin Mensuel de l’Académie Delphinale, no.1, Janvier 2009, p.29.
Verso:
Blank, inscribed perhaps by a later hand in pencil ‘12’

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Pont Pérant, near St Laurent-du-Pont, Gorges du Guiers Mort, Chartreuse 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-pont-perant-near-st-laurent-du-pont-gorges-du-guiers-mort-r1146389, accessed 23 June 2024.