Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Hilly West Country Landscape ?with the Tents of a Military Camp

1811

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08738
Turner Bequest CXXIII 205 a

Catalogue entry

Although there are various sketches of the naval shipping and hulks moored around Plymouth (see under folio 3 verso (D08367)) in this sketchbook, there are few indications of any military presence. The triangular outlines here may be of conical bell tents, possibly in an encampment on open ground, although they appear rather widely dispersed. There are similar silhouettes on folio 210 verso (D08741; CXXIII 207a).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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