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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner The Isère Valley 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
The Isère Valley 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIX K
Pencil on greyish buff laid paper, 452 x 593 mm (irregular)
Stamped in black ‘LXXIX K’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch was made on one of the large loose sheets of French paper that Turner evidently bought in Paris to take with him to Savoy and Switzerland in 1802. It is rather different in handling than the other drawings in this group, being entirely in pencil and showing distinctive hooked, cursive marks. Identified by Finberg as ‘probably near Sallenches’ the subject seems to the entrance to the Isère Valley, from somewhere near La Frette on the way to Grenoble; compare, for example, the coloured drawing from the St Gothard and Mont Blanc sketchbook (Tate D04618; Turner Bequest LXXV 26) showing a similar panorama from the old Lyons road.
Technical notes:
As well as large sheets of grey-washed English paper (see notes to See D04875 in this group), Turner had with him in 1802 rather smaller sheets of self-coloured buff laid French paper, presumably acquired in Paris as most are from the same maker, Jean-Louis Delagarde of the Papeteries du Marais, Seine et Marne, as identified by Peter Bower. These papers are similar to those in the France, Savoy, Piedmont and Grenoble sketchbooks (Tate Turner Bequest LXXIII, LXXIV).1
Bower 1990, p.88.
Laid down

David Blayney Brown
January 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Isère Valley 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-isere-valley-r1148461, accessed 17 May 2024.