Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Devon Coast near Dawlish

1811

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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
D08498
Turner Bequest CXXIII 68

Catalogue entry

The viewpoint appears to be on or near the Exeter road between Dawlish Warren and Dawlish, looking south-west across Babbacombe Bay to Hope’s Nose near Torquay, as discussed under another view of the coast on folio 67 verso (D08491; CXXIII 64a).
The Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast did not include a view of Dawlish by Turner, but rather a vignette, engraved in 1820 after Luke Clennell, showing the cliffs near the town (Tate impressions: T05374, T05375; see the introduction to Turner’s 1811 West Country tour). Dawlish is mentioned in Turner’s poetry on folio 164 verso (D08670; CXXIII 161a).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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