Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plymouth from the East

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
D09296
Turner Bequest CXXXI 72 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, Plymouth Citadel, the tower of St Andrew’s Church and the spire of the Charles Church are seen from the east. 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 brown stain at the centre matches one on folio 73 recto opposite (D09297), but they are out of alignment, suggesting the sheets were not then bound as at present.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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