Joseph Mallord William Turner

Forder, with Trematon Castle Above


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 95 x 157 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXI 38

Catalogue entry

The sketches between folio 36 recto (D09255) and folio 43 recto (D09263) were made in the vicinity of Trematon Castle, above the St Germans or Lynher River west of the River Tamar and Plymouth. 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. With the page turned horizontally, Turner’s viewpoint here is the east bank of the top end of Forder Lake, with the castle above to the west. What is now The Old Mill is at the bottom right, with the foot of the lane leading up Castle Hill on the left. There is a similar view on folio 37 recto (D09256).
Anne Lyles has noted this sketch as a source for the watercolour Trematon Castle, Cornwall of about 1828 (private collection),1 engraved in 1830 for the series Picturesque Views in England and Wales, although the viewpoint is different; see under folio 43 recto (D09263).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.396 no.822.

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