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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
D08455
Turner Bequest CXXIII 49

Catalogue entry

Howard Hanley identifies the view as of Bridport (West Bay), relating it to the previous drawing in this book, on folio 47 verso (D08452) as the sources for the Southern Coast watercolour Bridport, Dorsetshire circa 1818 (Bury Art Gallery and Museum).1 However, the profile of the distant cliff drawn here is less steep, and conforms closely to that shown in a more precise view, identified by Hanley as Charmouth (albeit inscribed ‘Bridport’), about seven miles to the west, in the larger Corfe to Dartmouth sketchbook (Tate D08840; Turner Bequest CXXIV 29).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

1
Wilton 1979, p.353 no.465, reproduced.

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