Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Coast near Marazion

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
D08932
Turner Bequest CXXV 43

Catalogue entry

Turner’s scrawled inscription is interpreted very tentatively here and may not be directly to do with the drawing. If the reading is correct as far as it goes, ‘Cullander’ is presumably a misspelling for colander.
The drawing seems related to but separate from that on folio 43 verso opposite (D08931; CXXV 42a), and appears to show the rocky shore east of Marazion which also appears in the other drawing as a setting for St Michael’s Mount beyond. Eric Shanes has noted that both drawings inform the watercolour of Mount St Michael, Cornwall of about 1836 (University of Liverpool),1 engraved in 1838 for the series Picturesque Views in England and Wales2 (see under D08931 for further discussion). Here, as opposite, rain clouds are indicated. The hastily-drawn elements at the lower right may be more rocks or possibly figures and the ribs of a wrecked vessel as shown on the beach in the England and Wales design.
For other views of the area, 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.403 no.880, reproduced.
2
Shanes 1979, p.155; see also Milner 1990. p.56.

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