Joseph Mallord William Turner

Drake’s Island, Mount Edgcumbe and Penlee Point from Plymouth Hoe

1813

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09222
Turner Bequest CXXXI 5

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the alignment of the fortified island in Plymouth Sound, with the tips of Mount Edgcumbe and Penlee Point to the south-west, places Turner’s viewpoint as the western end of the Hoe. There are figures precariously near to the cliff edge at the top left, and more down at water level to the right. The same figures appear to the left of the drawing on folio 6 recto (D09223), which continues the view to the west.
The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

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