Joseph Mallord William Turner

East and West Looe

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 166 x 208 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08885
Turner Bequest CXXV 16 a

Catalogue entry

From West Looe Hill, with the cupola of St Nicholas’s Church in the foreground below and East Looe to the right, Turner looks up the East Looe River between the hills to the north.
This is the third of four drawings of Looe, Cornwall; see also folios 15 recto, 16 verso and 18 verso (D08881, D08883, D08887; CXXV 14, 15a, 17a). There are also studies in the contemporary Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook (between Tate D08580 and D08588; Turner Bequest CXXIII 111a and 115a; and on Tate D08614; Turner Bequest CXXIII 129a).
Technical notes:
There is some slight brown spotting in the sky.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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