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
D08912
Turner Bequest CXXV 32

Catalogue entry

The mount is seen to the south from the mainland north-west of Marazion, with the island’s harbour spread out below the castle. The drawing continues a little way onto folio 32 verso opposite (D08911; CXXV 31a).
Eric Shanes has noted the present page 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). There is a similar view on folios 33 verso–34 recto (D08913, D08914; CXXV 32a–33).
For other views of the site, see under folio 32 recto (D08910; CXXV 31).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.350 no.445, reproduced.
2
Shanes 1981, p.152.

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