Joseph Mallord William TurnerDartmouth from Townstal 1811

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Dartmouth from Townstal
From Corfe to Dartmouth Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXIV
Date 1811
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 170 x 209 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXIV 47
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 47 Recto:
Dartmouth from Townstal 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIV 47
Pencil on white wove paper, 170 x 209 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXIV – 47’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view is down the Dart Estuary to the south-east from Townstall Hill, with the tower of St Saviour’s Church in the middle distance to the left and the shallow spire of St Petrox’s Church above Dartmouth Castle in the distance. The treatment beyond the foreground trees is left slight, as there is a more detailed view of the town, apparently from a little lower and to the west, on folio 46 recto (D08861); see the entry for the latter for other Dartmouth studies.
Blank, save for very faint inscription by John Ruskin in red ink ‘2’ bottom left, upside down. A tear has been repaired at top left.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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