Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rocks and Shipping, Probably off St David’s Head

1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 203 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00587
Turner Bequest XXVI 34

Catalogue entry

Turner appears to have taken delight in exploring the rocks along this part of the Pembrokeshire coast very much as he was to do in Plymouth Sound on his visits to Devon in 1811 and 1813. See also folios 30 recto, 32 recto and 33 recto (D00583, D00585, D00586).
Finberg presumably cites the Loan Collection number and title from the initial (1878?) version of the Oxford catalogue, not reprinted in full by Cook and Wedderburn, but quoted by them in this instance in a footnote.1 Ruskin’s suggestion that this represents Turner’s ‘Earliest try’ at painting surf leaves out of account the watercolours Turner executed in about 1792 following his visit to the South Welsh coast in 1791; see Tate D00391, D00392 and D00396 (Turner Bequest XXIII Q, R, V).
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
1
Cook and Wedderburn 1904, p.564 note 3; see also pp.560–1 note 4.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘739’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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