Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay

1811

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08715
Turner Bequest CXXIII 190 a

Catalogue entry

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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