Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hulks in the Hamoaze off Saltash

1814

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09698
Turner Bequest CXXXIII 26

Catalogue entry

Eric Shanes has identified this sketch, looking north up the Hamoaze to Saltash, as the topographical basis for the watercolour Saltash, Cornwall of 1825 (British Museum, London),1 engraved in 1827 for the series Picturesque Views in England and Wales.2 There are similar views on folios 23 recto, 25 recto and 28 verso (D09695, D09697, D09702), and the sketch on folio 11 recto (D09682) appears to be related.
The left background in the present drawing corresponds closely with the left and central parts of the England and Wales watercolour, though Turner gives the remaining hills much less prominence there in order to concentrate attention on the crowded boats he introduces in the foreground.
Turner’s other major Saltash subject was the painting Saltash with the Water Ferry, exhibited at his gallery in 1812 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York),3 based on a slight study in the 1811 Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook (Tate D08487; Turner Bequest CXXIII 62a).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.392 no.794, reproduced.
2
Shanes 1979, p.156.
3
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.85–6 no.121, pl.125.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
July 2014

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