Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mount Edgcumbe from Plymouth Hoe

1813

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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
D09223
Turner Bequest CXXXI 6

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, Mount Edgcumbe is seen to the west across Plymouth Sound from the western end of Plymouth Hoe, with the headland south of Stonehouse towards Western King Point in the middle distance to the right. At the bottom left are the same rocks and figures seen in the drawing on folio 5 recto (D09222), which continues the prospect to the south-west.
Although details differ, the profile of Mount Edgcumbe is close to that in shown an the untraced watercolour of about 1818,1 engraved in 1826 as Mount Edgecomb, Devonshire for Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England (Tate impressions: T05401, T04423, T05999; see the concordance of the series in the Introduction to the 1813 tour).
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.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.355 no.482.
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

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