Joseph Mallord William TurnerSt Michael's Mount: The Southern Range of the Castle 1811

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Artist
Title
St Michael's Mount: The Southern Range of the Castle
From Ivy Bridge to Penzance Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXV
Date 1811
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 166 x 208 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08921
Turner Bequest CXXV 37 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 38 Verso:
St Michael’s Mount: The Southern Range of the Castle 1811
D08921
Turner Bequest CXXV 37a
Pencil on white wove paper, 166 x 208 mm
Watermark ‘Fellows | 1808’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The south-western corner of the castle is seen from down on the rocky shoreline, which is continued on folio 39 recto opposite (D08922; CXXV 38). The west front is partly hidden at this steep angle by the batteries below it. Turner studied that side from higher up on folios 37 verso–38 recto (D08919, D08920; CXXV 36a–37). The far end of the southern range was extensively rebuilt in the 1870s, with the addition of cylindrical turrets embedded in the wall toward the corner.1 See under folio 41 recto (D08926; CXXV 40) for the possibility that the sketch is a continuation to the left of the present sketch, suggesting that the pages are not in their original relative sequence.
For other views of the site, see under folio 32 recto (D08910; CXXV 31).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

1
Nikolaus Pevsner, Cornwall, The Buildings of England, 2nd ed., revised by Enid Radcliffe, Harmondsworth 1970, p.195; compare modern photograph in St Michael’s Mount, Norwich 1969, p.[16].

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