Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lynton and Lynmouth from Inland

1811

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 200 x 324 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08962
Turner Bequest CXXVI 16

Catalogue entry

Allowing for the sketchiness of the foreground, Turner’s viewpoint appears to be at about the point where Barbrook Road becomes Lynbridge Road, leading down to Lynmouth at the end of the valley of the West Lyn River. Lynton stands to the north on the heights to the left, while Foreland Point is in the distance to the north-east beyond Lynmouth. The valley is now densely wooded, obscuring this prospect, but George Rowe’s lithograph Entrance to Lynton and Lynmouth of about 1828 or 1835 and George Townsend’s 1853 engraving Lynton and Lynmouth (Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter) shows the unobstructed view.
Turner made a near-repetition of the present sketch from slightly further south, with Foreland Point consequently hidden, on D08963 (CXXVI 17). For other views of Lynton and Lynmouth see under D08948 (CXXVI 3).
Technical notes:
There are five sets of stitch holes near the left-hand edge.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
January 2011

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