Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plymouth Sound from Jennycliff Bay


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Graphite on paper
Support: 95 x 157 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXI 59

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the viewpoint is Jennycliff Bay, south of Mount Batten, looking west-north-west. Mount Edgcumbe is on the left and the Stonehouse area of Plymouth to the right; in the centre is Drake’s Island, with the Hamoaze and St John’s Lake in the distance. The hatching on the near side of various features suggests strong afternoon shadows. There is a view to the north from the bay on folio 61 recto (D09283) and a more detailed profile of Mount Edgcumbe on folio 61 verso (D09284). 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.
There is a similar view in the Ivy Bridge to Penzance sketchbook, among the sketches around Plymouth made Turner’s first visit to the area in 1811 (Tate D08868; Turner Bequest CXXV 3a).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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