Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Mill Pool, Dartmouth, Devonshire

c.1828–30

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 341 x 483 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25162
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 40

Display caption

This drawing represents a large tidal inlet of the river Dart that has been entirely drained and built upon since Turner's day. Dartmouth harbour is in the centre, with the Mill Pool running into it from the lower left. The hillside on the left is much reduced in height, clearly to bring more of the landscape beyond it into view. In the pencil study from which this watercolour was developed (no.64 in showcase 4), St Saviour's Church, Dartmouth is visible on the right, but perhaps the church was excluded here because this sheet is narrower than the sketchbook page.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry