Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Mine or Quarry, Probably near Redruth

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D08779
Turner Bequest CXXIII 233

Catalogue entry

This appears to be an industrial scene of some kind, with several figures at work in the right foreground and what may be chimneys or winches on the hillsides above. The drawing on the verso (D08780) appears to show Redruth, and the present sketch may record one of the many mines extracting copper and other ores in the Redruth–Camborne area of north-west Cornwall.1 A view of watermills in the contemporary Cornwall and Devon sketchbook (Tate D41332; Turner Bequest CXXV a 52) may show the same area.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

1
See ‘The Camborne-Redruth Mining District’, Cornish Mining World Heritage, accessed 22 March 2011, http://www.cornish-mining.org.uk/sites/camred.htm.

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