Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mount’s Bay and St Michael’s Mount from near Gulval

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41283
Turner Bequest CXXV a 8

Catalogue entry

The outline of St Michael’s Mount appears to the right of centre, seen from the north-west. The viewpoint is in the vicinity of Gulval, north-east of Penzance; there is a view from nearer the Mount on folio 7 recto (D41282), under which other views of the bay are discussed. There is also a similar view on folio 11 recto (D41286).
As discussed in the introduction, the pages of this ‘sketchbook’ appear to have originally been loose sheets, and are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory of the Bequest, although he subsequently noted the subject as ‘View on coast with St. Michls Mt. in distance’ in a manuscript listing,1 while C.F. Bell similarly described it in his own notes as ‘Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount’.2 Figures usually corresponding to Finberg’s MS catalogue page numbers, which differ from Bell’s sequence, are inscribed on the verso of most sheets.
1
A.J. Finberg, MS addenda, [circa 1928–39], tipped into a copy of his A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, opposite p.356, as CXXV(a) 41.
2
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356A, as CXXVa 8.
Technical notes:
The sheet is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Verso:
Blank, save for inscriptions: inscribed by C.F. Bell in pencil ‘Mounts Bay’ bottom left; inscribed by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘142 | 41’ bottom right. There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
July 2011

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