Joseph Mallord William Turner?The Tamar Valley near Gunnislake ?1813

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?The Tamar Valley near Gunnislake
From Vale of Heathfield Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXXVII
Date ?1813
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 181 x 228 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXVII 48 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 51 Verso:
?The Tamar Valley near Gunnislake ?1813
Turner Bequest CXXXVII 48a
Pencil on white wove paper, 181 x 228 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[...]’ above skyline towards top centre, and ‘corn’ centre right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, continues a little way onto folio 52 (D10276; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 49). It remains unidentified, but is characteristic of the Tamar Valley, between Devon and Cornwall, falling between numerous recognisable views of Tamar Valley in and around Calstock and Gunnislake and the nearby Tavy Valley between folios 46 verso (D10265; CXXXVII 43a) and 58 verso (D10289; CXXXVII 55a).
They were probably made in the summer of 1813 in conjunction with those in the smaller Devon Rivers, No.1 sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CXXXII). The latter is covered in the section of the present catalogue specifically devoted to Turner’s 1813 visit to Devon, where further information on Turner’s work in the locality will be found.

Matthew Imms
May 2011

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