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The view, dominated by a lime kiln in the foreground, is to the north-west across Combe Martin’s small harbour off Cross Street. Beyond, houses rise on what is now called Seaside Hill and coastal cliffs recede towards Burrow Nose in the distance on the right. The site is known as Kiln Car Park; there were once eighteen kilns around the village.1 There is an early photograph showing the kiln above the harbour from the north-west (Combe Martin Museum).2
Luke Herrmann and others have noted this sketch as the basis of the watercolour Combe Martin, Devonshire of about 1824 (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford),3 engraved in 1825 for the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England4 (see the concordance of the series in the 1811 tour introduction). Horses or mules with panniers and a donkey are shown in the position corresponding with Turner’s inscription here.
See ‘Trade and Settlement North Devon Walk: Combe Martin’, North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, accesded 18 March 2011, http://www
.northdevon. -aonb .org .uk /pdf /trails_combe_martin .pdf
‘Pictures of Combe Martin’, Explore North Devon, accessed 18 March 2011, http://www
.explorenorthdevon. .org /clcnressduida .aspx ?cid =31 &cname =Combe%20Martin%20Museum &ccde =cmma &clcnid =300 &clcnt =Pictures%20of%20Combe%20Martin &cwhat =False &cwhen =False &cwhere =False &cwho =False &clcnr =3 &txts =3882
Wilton 1979, p.354 no.476, reproduced.
Herrmann 1968, p.67; Wilton 1979, p.354; Shanes 1981, p.152; Herrmann and Harrison 2000, p..
There is some offsetting from the ink inscription on folio 149 verso opposite (D08645; CXXIII 146a).