Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Great Mew Stone 1813

Artwork details

Artist
Title
The Great Mew Stone
From Plymouth, Hamoaze Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXXI
Date 1813
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
D09452
Turner Bequest CXXXI 174 a
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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 folios 179 verso (D09462; Turner Bequest CXXXI 179a) and 261 verso (D09448; Turner Bequest CXXXI 172a) were made around the Great Mew Stone, south-east of Plymouth Sound, as discussed under D09462. Here the view is from the south-west, with the mainland around Wembury Head beyond.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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