Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Coast towards Minehead and Dunster from near Watchet

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08613
Turner Bequest CXXIII 129

Catalogue entry

The view appears to be to the west from the road above Doniford, looking along Bridgwater Bay towards the hills above Minehead and Dunster on the horizon, with Watchet beyond the headland in the middle distance, possibly with masts indicated in the harbour.
There is a similar view on folio 213 verso (D08747; CXXIII 210a); another made west of Watchet, on folio 165 verso (D08672; CXXIII 162a), is closest to the watercolour of the subject (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight),1 engraved in 1821 for the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England. For other views of Dunster, see under folio 19 verso (D08398); for Watchet see folio 173 verso (D08687; CXXIII 170a); and for Minehead see under folio 4 recto (D08368).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.353 no.469, reproduced.

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