Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Plym Estuary Looking North 1813

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The Plym Estuary Looking North
Date 1813
Medium Oil on paper
Dimensions Support: 155 x 256 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXX L
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Turner often sketched in pencil directly from the subject in the open air, but
he usually undertook colour work (in watercolour, gouache or oil) back in
the studio. However, this is one of a small group of oil studies on paper that were executed outside, on a trip to Devon
in the summer of 1813. A local artist, Ambrose Johns, encouraged Turner
by craftily presenting him with a
ready-made portable painting kit.
Turner worked with speed directly
from nature, completing a number
of vibrant views of the Plymouth area.


September 2004

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