Joseph Mallord William Turner
On the Plym Estuary near Crabtree 1813

Artwork details

On the Plym Estuary near Crabtree
Date 1813
Medium Oil and chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 158 x 257 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXX J
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In Devon in the summer of 1813,
when the weather was exceptionally
fine, Turner made a series of outdoor sketches. He was encouraged by a local artist, Ambrose Johns, who provided him with the necessary materials: a 'portable painting- box' and sheets of prepared paper. Of the fifteen known today, twelve are in Tate's Collection. Turner is said to have made them very quickly, claiming that one took him less than half an hour. He used thinly diluted oil, over preliminary outlines in chalk. This view of limekilns
at Crabtree was made near the east entrance to Saltram Park.


September 2004

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