Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lynton from Barna Barrow

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
D08959
Turner Bequest CXXVI 13

Catalogue entry

On the right the coast road curves towards Countisbury, hidden beyond. Turner’s viewpoint is near the modern Barna Barrow car park, some three hundred metres above sea level. On the left is the deep valley of the East Lyn River, disappearing behind the hill at the centre of the drawing. The skyline terminates on the right at Hollerday Hill, the coastal headland sheltering Lynmouth and Lynton (for which see under D08948; CXXVI 3), which Turner has noted. The letters elsewhere presumably stand for ‘woods’ and ‘grass’. There is a view from the road west of Countisbury on D08960 (Turner Bequest CXXVI 14).
Technical notes:
There are five sets of stitch holes near the left-hand edge, and a small hole to the lower right of the centre.
Verso:
Blank. The cluster of faint, dark marks at the top left appears to be a cat’s paw print. There are similar marks on D08960 (Turner Bequest CXXVI 14). Such prints are occasionally found on Bequest drawings, apparently left by the Manx cats which wandered in Turner’s studio in later years.1

Matthew Imms
January 2011

1
See James Hamilton, Turner: A Life, London 1997, p.304.

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