Joseph Mallord William Turner

Looe Harbour

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D08586
Turner Bequest CXXIII 114 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg read Turner’s inscription as ‘Do’ (i.e. ditto), presuming that this referred back to Turner’s inscription ‘E W Looe’ on folio 115 verso (D08582; CXXIII 112a); it may alternatively be ‘Lo’ as an abbreviated form of the place name. In either eventuality, this slight sketch appears to show a view from Hannafore Road, West Looe, looking east across the harbour with the mast of a boat or small ship at an angle suggesting that it is beached, to the coast beyond East Looe. For other views, see under folio 115 verso.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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