Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mount Batten and the Plymouth Citadel from Turnchapel

1813

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09287
Turner Bequest CXXXI 64

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the view is from Clovelly Bay near Turnchapel, looking west with shipping and the tower at Mount Batten silhouetted against afternoon sunlight. The hatching of the largest vessel’s hull is particularly vigorous. The Citadel appears on the right, above the Cattewater on the Plymouth side, with Mount Edgcumbe in the distance on the left. The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
Technical notes:
A large brown stain matches one on folio 63 verso opposite (verso of D09286).
Verso:
Blank. A large, though faint, brown stain matches that on folio 65 recto opposite (D09288).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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