Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Tamar Valley 1814

Artwork details

Artist
Title
The Tamar Valley
From Devon Rivers, No.1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXXII
Date 1814
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09645
Turner Bequest CXXXII 135
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Catalogue entry

Turner appears to have inscribed ‘Tamar’ at the bottom right, and Finberg described the view as ‘near Wier [sic] Head’,1 south of Gunnislake; see also the verso (D09646). There appears to be a waterwheel associated with the buildings towards the bottom right, but few other precise topographical pointers. This book contains numerous sketches along the meandering Tamar among wooded hills several miles up- and down-river of Weir Head, but the present scene remains to be precisely identified.
For other views along the Tamar Valley, see under folio 114 verso (D09606).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.375.

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