Joseph Mallord William TurnerSt Michael's Mount and Mount's Bay 1811

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St Michael's Mount and Mount's Bay
From Devonshire Coast, No.1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXIII
Date 1811
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 75 x 117 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXIII 190 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 193 Verso:
St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIII 190a
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 75 x 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
St Michael’s Mount is seen from the east, while Penzance and the north-west side of Mount’s Bay lie beyond, stretching west to Kemyel Point. The viewpoint is on or beside the road from Helston and Falmouth, now known as Turnpike Road at this point.
There is a more detailed drawing from a similar viewpoint in the contemporary Ivy Bridge to Penzance sketchbook (Tate D08910; Turner Bequest CXXV 31), under which the history of the site and the many other studies of the Mount and its setting in that book are discussed. Views in the Cornwall and Devon sketchbook, used on the same tour, are mentioned in the entry for Tate D41282 (Turner Bequest CXXV a 7).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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