Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plymouth from the East

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
D09304
Turner Bequest CXXXI 80

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, in this sketch Turner focuses on the wooded foreground, but the faint distance shows the Plymouth area to the west, in common with adjacent studies, with what appears to be Mount Edgcumbe on the horizon at the centre. 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:
At the bottom right the very edge of the page is affected by a brown fingerprint, continuing from the folio 79 recto (D09303).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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