Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Michael’s Mount

1811

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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
D08911
Turner Bequest CXXV 31 a

Catalogue entry

The distant coast near Mousehole on the south-western side of Mount’s Bay is seen above the rocks in the foreground, in a slight continuation of the main view of the mount on folio 33 recto opposite (D08912; CXXV 32). Eric Shanes has noted the latter page alone as a source for the watercolour St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall of about 1812 (private collection),1 engraved in 1814 for the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England2 (see the concordance of the series in the 1811 tour introduction). The rocks in the foreground of the watercolour feature in the corresponding part of the sketch on the present page. There is a similar view on folios 33 verso–34 recto (D08913, D08914; CXXV 32a–33).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.350 no.445, reproduced.
2
Eric Shanes, Turner’s Rivers, Harbours and Coasts, London 1981, p.152.
Technical notes:
There is some brown spotting.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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