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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Torrent in the Chartreuse; ?Near Pont Pérant 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Torrent in the Chartreuse; ?Near Pont Pérant 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIV 31
Pencil, black chalk and white gouache on greyish-buff laid paper, 283 x 212 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXIV 31’ 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.
This mountain stream or fall is probably in the Gorges du Guiers Mort below Pont Pérant (see, from this sketchbook, D04523; Turner Bequest LXXIV 30). Turner’s Liber Studiorum plate Mill, near the Grande Chartreuse: – Dauphiny is perhaps an elaboration of this drawing, or at least of the memories it evoked, since it shows a river gushing over rocks. However, the composition is different and includes a wooden bridge over the gorge. For the study for the plate see Tate D08156; Turner Bequest CXVIII B.
At Tate Britain’s exhibition Drawing from Turner in 2006–7 this drawing was exhibited with copies by Sarah Praill and Tony Rodgers; further copies by Cath Hughes, Rachel Sopher and Chris Webster were reproduced on the exhibition website.
Blank, inscribed perhaps by a later hand in pencil ‘13’

David Blayney Brown
September 2007

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Torrent in the Chartreuse; ?Near Pont Pérant 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2007, 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-torrent-in-the-chartreuse-near-pont-perant-r1146390, accessed 23 June 2024.