Joseph Mallord William Turner
Hamoaze from St John, Cornwall 1813

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Hamoaze from St John, Cornwall
Date 1813
Medium Oil on paper
Dimensions Support: 164 x 257 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXX C
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During a summer visit to Devon in 1813, Turner was encouraged to make outdoor oil sketches in the Plymouth area by a local landscape painter, Ambrose Johns. Another painter friend, Charles Eastlake, his travelling companion that year, recalled Johns producing sheets of prepared paper to tempt Turner to work whenever he stopped at a likely subject, and that one sketch - 'perhaps the best' - was done in less than half an hour. Here Turner looks towards Plymouth Dock, now Devonport, and distant men-of-war at anchor.

August 2004

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