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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Isère Valley and the Voreppe-Grenoble Road 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
The Isère Valley and the Voreppe–Grenoble Road 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIV 20
Pencil, black chalk and white gouache on greyish-buff laid paper, 215 x 285 mm
Stamped in black ‘L’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s label for this drawing is inscribed ‘La Route de Voreppe a Grenoble’. Turner surveys the flat floor of the Isère Valley from the road from Voreppe and Lyons. In his catalogue notes for Marlborough House, John Ruskin described this drawing as ‘Careless but grand in toss of mountain form, and in the noble contradiction of the slope from the left by the diagonal light of the Alp seen through the gap in the distance’.1
Cook and Wedderburn 1904, p.265; Ruskin on Pictures; Cook 1902, p.226.

David Blayney Brown
September 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Isère Valley and the Voreppe–Grenoble Road 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-the-isere-valley-and-the-voreppe-grenoble-road-r1146381, accessed 23 June 2024.