Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dartmoor Hills, ?near Tavistock

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
D09501
Turner Bequest CXXXII 19

Catalogue entry

Finberg read Turner’s inscriptions as ‘Mill Tor’, ‘Staple Tor,’ and ‘Har Tor’, suggesting they were drawn near Tavistock1 (see under folio 144 verso; D09663); he later amended his reading of ‘Mill Tor’ as ‘Mis Tor’.2 There are many hills on Dartmoor, east of the town, including Great Mis Tor, Staple Tor, Sharpitor, Sheeps Tor, Hart Tor and Hartor (and slight variants of these names, which may have changed over time), but Turner’s slightly unclear inscriptions make it difficult to be sure which he is referring to, and his viewpoint remains to be established.
For other definite or likely Dartmoor views, see under folio 8 recto (D09489).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.373.
2
MS note in Finberg’s copy, ibid., Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain.

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