Joseph Mallord William Turner

Great Torrington from the Torridge Valley

1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09569
Turner Bequest CXXXII 83

Catalogue entry

The view is west down the valley of the River Torridge, from the bend south-east of Great Torrington, which is seen on the skyline. The tower, as seen in other drawings here, appears to be the gazebo or belvedere which still stands beside the bowling green on the site of the medieval castle off Castle Street.1
For other views of the town on adjacent pages, see under folio 80 recto (D09566).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
See Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, Devon, The Buildings of England, revised ed., New Haven and London 2002, p.463.

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