Joseph Mallord William TurnerFishermen's Cottages at Bridport (West Bay) 1811

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Fishermen's Cottages at Bridport (West Bay)
From Devonshire Coast, No.1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXIII
Date 1811
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 75 x 117 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXIII 55 b
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 57 Recto:
Fishermen’s Cottages at Bridport (West Bay) 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIII 55b
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 75 x 117 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Dr Lloyd Honiton Mr Palmer’ bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘55b’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXIII – 55b’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
By comparison with the cliff at the centre of the drawing of West Bay on folio 47 verso (D08452), this view appears to be of the same beach. The shapes in the left foreground may be lobster pots; the slightly smudged shape above the word ‘Palmer’ may be a donkey with panniers.
‘Honiton’ is probably a reference to the town of that name, a few miles inland between Lyme Regis and Exeter, although Turner’s coastal itinerary continued via Sidmouth (see folios 206 verso and 208 recto (D08734, D08737; CXXIII 203a, 205)). The names may be those of local contacts.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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