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ID number:  BIRBI-39.13
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851)
Title / Object name:  The Chain of the Alps from Grenoble to Chambéri
Object type:  Print
Culture:  British
Date made:  1812
Materials:  Etching, with mezzotint by W. Say
Measurements:  186 x 288 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. John Grant Ltd., 1939, purchased with 17 other prints for £173

This plate appeared in the tenth part of the Liber Studiorum series, and is based on sketches made during Turner's 1802 European tour. He travelled specifically to see the Alps and this print belongs to the 'Mountainous' category, hence the letter 'M' inscriped above. Grenoble was the first point he reached in July of that year and the image captures the artist's excitement on his first glimpse of the mountains. The aerial perspective reveals an extensive vista while the peasants looking directly out of the frame wlcome the traveller into the scene. The friendly rural figures and the strong shafts of sunlight bathing the town create a romantic atmosphere of anticipation, in great contast to the dominating Alpine landscape of 'The Lake of Thun' (Inv. No. 39.16).

Extensive use of washing out and scratching out in terms of pigment. Based on a watercolour.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Above 'M': Drawn and Etched by J. M. W. Turner, esq.

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Turner, Joseph Mallord William
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