Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Dartmouth, Devonshire

c.1828–30

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 354 x 507 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25184
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 62

Display caption

This landscape summarily compresses the view across the Dart drawn in the 'Devon Rivers No.2' sketchbook, dating from 1813. The three ridge contours on the far side of the Dart strongly resemble those of the pencil sketch, especially the nearest, purple-brown one. The shallow declivity of the near side of the Dart in the pencil drawing becomes a far more pronounced V-shape here. Dartmouth Castle may be indicated by the small block of grey placed near the right-hand, centre-edge of the sheet. The vertical, chimney-like form on the horizon may simply have been caused by colour diffusing accidentally.

Gallery label, September 2004

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