after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Devonport and Dockyard, Devonshire, engraved by T. Jeavons

published 1830

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Engraving on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the British Museum 1988
Reference
T06084

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, February 2004

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