Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping in Plymouth Sound with Mount Edgcumbe, the Citadel and Mount Batten Beyond

1811

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 166 x 208 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08874
Turner Bequest CXXV 9

Catalogue entry

The view is to the north-east from the coast between Cawsand and Penlee Point, looking across Plymouth Sound. What appears to be the Citadel is just visible as a thin rectangle near the centre, beyond the steep profile of Mount Edgcumbe, with the tower at Mount Batten is a little to the right. The view to the south-east on folio 11 recto (D08875; CXXV 10) was made from the same spot or nearby.
This is one of a series of sketches of Plymouth and nearby districts, running from folio 3 recto (D08866; CXXV 2) to folio 14 recto (D08880; CXXV 13); see the entry for the first of these for other Plymouth views.
Verso:
Blank, save for slight offsetting from the drawing on folio 11 recto opposite (D08875).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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