Joseph Mallord William Turner

Carthamartha and 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
D09628
Turner Bequest CXXXII 126

Catalogue entry

Diana Cook and Dorothy Kirk have identified the sketch as of Carthamartha, on the southern, Cornish side of the Tamar east of Lezant, about half way between Launceston and Gunnislake (roughly six miles to the north-west and south-east respectively as the crow flies). Here Turner looks south down the loop of the river in the valley below the building on the horizon at Carthamartha, where scattered farm buildings stand today beyond the woods above Carthamartha Rocks.
There is a view of the site from a different angle on folio 127 recto (D09630). For other views along the Tamar Valley, see under folio 114 verso (D09606).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

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