Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Logan Rock, Treryn Dinas

1811

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41294
Turner Bequest CXXV a 19

Catalogue entry

The foreground is dominated by the Logan Rock, in its setting of the Cornish headland of Treryn Dinas south of Treen. For other views around Treryn Dinas, the Logan Stone and Porth Curno, see under folio 17 recto (D41292).
As discussed in the introduction, the pages of this ‘sketchbook’ appear to have originally been loose sheets, and are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory of the Bequest, although he subsequently noted the subject as ‘The Logan Rock (?)’ in a manuscript listing,1 while C.F. Bell described it in his own notes as ‘Logan Rock’ without qualification.2 Figures usually corresponding to Finberg’s MS catalogue page numbers, which differ from Bell’s sequence, are inscribed on the verso of most sheets.
1
A.J. Finberg, MS addenda, [circa 1928–39], tipped into a copy of his A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, opposite p.356, as CXXV(a) 23.
2
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356A, as CXXVa 19.
Technical notes:
The sheet is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Verso:
Blank, save for inscriptions: inscribed by C.F. Bell in pencil ‘Logan Rock, Cornwall.’ bottom left; inscribed by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘122 | 23’ bottom right. There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
July 2011

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