Joseph Mallord William Turner

Calstock from the River Tamar

1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09657
Turner Bequest CXXXII 141 a

Catalogue entry

Diana Cook and Dorothy Kirk note that it is ‘probably impossible to identify the precise location’ of this rapid sketch, since there have been substantial changes to Calstock’s waterfront along Lower Kelly.1 They reproduce a photograph of about 1900 and a modern drawing by Ley Roberts, showing the early twentieth-century viaduct which now dominates the view eastwards up the River Tamar.
The same boat, or a similar one, appears in the view in the opposite direction on the recto (D09656). For other views along the Tamar Valley, see under folio 114 verso (D09606).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
Cook and Kirk 2009, erratum slip for p.32; see also Cook and Kirk 2001, reproducing a photograph of about 1890.

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