After Joseph Mallord William Turner Devonport and Dockyard, Devonshire, engraved by T. Jeavons published 1830

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Artist
Title
Devonport and Dockyard, Devonshire, engraved by T. Jeavons
Date Published 1830
Medium Engraving on paper
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Transferred from the British Museum 1988
Reference
T06084
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This view shows the dockyard at Devonport on the south coast of Devon. Turner uses the local scenery and weather effects artfully to comment on the broader theme of historical change. The withdrawal of storm-clouds to reveal calm symbolises the passing of war and the emergence of peace. This idea is emphasised by the depiction of old war ships being docked and put to peacetime use on the right of the scene.

February 2004

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