Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Michael’s Mount: The Northern Range of the Castle

1811

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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
D08915
Turner Bequest CXXV 34

Catalogue entry

Turner’s viewpoint is high on the slopes of the mount itself, with the square central church tower seen in steep perspective from the north-east. Lower down on the right is a watchtower near the batteries on the west side of the island.1 The lower levels on this side have since been extensively altered, with the addition of balustraded terraces to the left and extra rooms in place of the jagged outcrop to the right of centre, which Turner has recorded with especially vigorous pencil work.
The composition continues a little way onto folio 34 verso opposite (D40817; verso of CXXV 33). The watchtower is seen from the opposite direction on folio 36 recto (D08917; CXXV 35). For other views of the site, see under folio 32 recto (D08910; CXXV 31).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

1
See Jonathan Holmes, Mount’s Bay, Archive Photographs Series, Chalford 1996, p.98 (engraving, 1786).

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