Joseph Mallord William Turner Fishermen’s Cottages at Bridport (West Bay) 1811

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Title
Fishermen’s Cottages at Bridport (West Bay)
From Devonshire Coast, No.1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXIII
Date 1811
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08471
Turner Bequest CXXIII 55 b
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Catalogue entry

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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