Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Coast towards Bull Point and Lundy from Capstone Hill, Ilfracombe

1811

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41359
Turner Bequest CXXV a 77

Catalogue entry

From the west side of Capstone Hill, Ilfracombe, Turner looks along the North Devon coast towards Bull Point, the Bristol Channel and Lundy Island, on the horizon over twenty miles to the west. Granville Road now runs over the broad slope on the left in the middle distance, with a narrow car park set into the cliffs below. There are studies showing Lundy from west of the town on folios 61 verso and 76 recto (D41343, D41358). See under folio 37 recto (D41314) for other local views.
As discussed in the introduction, the pages of this ‘sketchbook’ appear to have originally been loose sheets, and are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory of the Bequest, although he subsequently noted the subject as ‘Rocks on coast’ in a manuscript listing,1 while C.F. Bell described it similarly in his own notes as ‘Rocky coast’.2 Figures usually corresponding to Finberg’s MS catalogue page numbers, which differ from Bell’s sequence, are inscribed on the verso of most sheets.
1
A.J. Finberg, MS addenda, [circa 1928–39], tipped into a copy of his A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, opposite p.357, as CXXV(a) 85.
2
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356C, as CXXVa 77.
Technical notes:
The sheet is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Verso:
Blank, save for inscription by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘186 | 85’ bottom right. There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
July 2011

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