Joseph Mallord William TurnerLulworth Cove, with Portland Beyond ?1811

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Title
Lulworth Cove, with Portland Beyond
From Vale of Heathfield Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXXVII
Date ?1811
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 181 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10238
Turner Bequest CXXXVII 22
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 23 Recto:
Lulworth Cove, with Portland Beyond ?1811
D10238
Turner Bequest CXXXVII 22
Pencil on white wove paper, 181 x 228 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘22’ bottom right (now very faint)
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXVII 22’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s viewpoint is a narrow strip of level ground overlooking the south-east side of Lulworth Cove, south-west to the Isle of Portland and north-west to Hambury Tout, the steep hill in the distance on the right. There is a slightly more detailed version of the same view in the Corfe to Dartmouth sketchbook (Tate D08832; Turner Bequest CXXIV 21a), among others of the site dating from Turner’s 1811 tour of the West Country, when the present drawing was probably also made.
There is a nearby view on folio 22 recto (D10237; CXXXVII 21), and a further Dorset subject (although then in Hampshire), Christchurch Priory, on folio 5 recto (D10310; CXXXVII 67). Lulworth Cove is the first of the sites in Turner’s West Country topographical notes on folio 1 recto (D10206).
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
May 2011

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