Joseph Mallord William Turner Lulworth Cove, with Weymouth and Portland Beyond 1811

Artwork details

Lulworth Cove, with Weymouth and Portland Beyond
From Corfe to Dartmouth Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXIV
Date 1811
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 170 x 209 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXIV 21 a
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Here Turner has climbed from the beach within Lulworth Cove to the narrow strip of level ground on its south-eastern side, looking south-west to the Isle of Portland and north-west to Hambury Tout, the steep hill in the distance on the right. At the centre is the opposite side of the entrance to the cove, masking Stair Hole, the heights beyond which provided the viewpoint for the drawing looking back this way on folio 22 recto (D08833). Both of these features appear to be noted in Turner’s inscription, although the second word is very uncertain. There is a slightly less detailed drawing of exactly the same view in the Vale of Heathfield sketchbook (Tate D10238; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 22), perhaps made on the same occasion.
There are further views of the cove on folios 20 recto, 20 verso and 21 recto (D08829–D08831) of the present sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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