Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Great Mew Stone, near Wembury, with Rame Head in the Distance

1813

In Tate Britain

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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
D09275
Turner Bequest CXXXI 53

Catalogue entry

This is the first of a sequence running on to folio 57 recto (D09279), showing the Great Mew Stone in Wembury Bay and the adjacent mainland south-east of Plymouth. With the page turned horizontally, here the view is to the west from the coast, with Rame Head in the distance on the far side of Plymouth Sound. The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
There are more views of the Mew Stone, this time from the sea, working in from the back of the sketchbook between folios 268 verso and 261 verso (D09462, D09448; CXXXI 179a, 172a); the feature is discussed further within the latter sequence.
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

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