Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Group of Buildings, Perhaps at a Quayside in South Devon


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Graphite on paper
Support: 95 x 157 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXI 28 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the subject of this drawing is uncertain. There appear to be figures in front of the buildings, and the shapes at the bottom centre may be upturned rowing boats on a slope. In common with identified views in this sketchbook, the setting is probably in South Devon, perhaps on a quay beside a river or estuary. There is a slight resemblance to the view of the Tamar waterfront at Saltash in the 1811 Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook (Tate D08487; Turner Bequest CXXIII 62a), but this may be fortuitous.
The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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