Joseph Mallord William Turner

Calstock, with Cotehele House and Prospect Tower above the River Tamar Beyond

1814

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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
D09656
Turner Bequest CXXXII 141

Catalogue entry

As Diana Cook and Dorothy Kirk note,1 Cotehele and the Prospect Tower appear on the skyline, looking west down the Tamar. The prospect remains much the same from Lower Kelly, west of the twentieth-century railway viaduct, or from the quays to its east.
The same boat, or a similar one, appears in the study in the opposite direction on the verso (D09657). There is a similar view from a higher vantage point above the river in the Vale of Heathfield sketchbook (Tate D10265; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 43a), probably used in 1813, and another sketch of the house and tower on folio 142 verso here (D09659).
For other views along the Tamar Valley, see under folio 114 verso (D09606).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
Cook and Kirk 2001, p.32; Cook and Kirk 2009, p.33.

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