Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Great Mew Stone

1813

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09448
Turner Bequest CXXXI 172 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, this drawing is part of a sequence working in from the back cover of the sketchbook, which correlates with accounts of a voyage Turner and others made from Plymouth south-east to Burgh Island, returning by land towards Plymouth. The sequence begins on folio 275 (D09476; Turner Bequest CXXXI 186a), under which the overall trip is discussed, and may extend as far as folio 228 verso (Tate D09382; Turner Bequest CXXXI 139a).
The sketches between folio 179 verso (D09462; Turner Bequest CXXXI 179a) and here were made around the Great Mew Stone, south-east of Plymouth Sound, as discussed under D09462. Here the view is from the south-east, with the coast on the far side of Plymouth Sound beyond.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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