Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Folly Tower above Penlee Point beside Plymouth Sound

1811

Not on display
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
D08530
Turner Bequest CXXIII 85 a

Catalogue entry

There is a slight sketch of what may be the same view among drawings made around Plymouth in the contemporary Ivy Bridge to Penzance sketchbook (Tate D08876; Turner Bequest CXXV 10a). The Gothic tower on its steep hill may be the folly tower which once overlooked Plymouth Sound above Penlee Point south of Mount Edgcumbe, apparently demolished during the First World War for security reasons,1 and still marked as a ruin on Ordnance Survey maps. It appears to be shown on the distant skyline of a view in the later Devon Rivers, No.2 sketchbook (Tate D09669; Turner Bequest CXXXIII 2).
For other Plymouth views in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 3 verso (D08367).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

1
‘Kingsand and Cawsand’, Rame Peninsula History, accessed 1 February 2011, http://www.ramehistorygroup.org.uk/files/rev_white_papers__ch14__kingsand_and_cawsand.pdf.

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