Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Water Mill at Berry Pomeroy 1811

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Artist
Title
The Water Mill at Berry Pomeroy
From Devonshire Coast, No.1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXIII
Date 1811
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 117 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08642
Turner Bequest CXXIII 145
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 148 Recto:
The Water Mill at Berry Pomeroy 1811
D08642
Turner Bequest CXXIII 145
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 117 x 75 mm
Part watermark ‘Sm | 17’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘145’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXXIII – 145’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The Castle Mill complex, no longer functioning, adjoins the lane west of Berry Pomeroy Castle. The gabled façade at its southern end, with its ramshackle porch over the entrance arch, is shown in Old Mill at Pomeroy Castle, Devon, a wash drawing by Turner’s contemporary Thomas Barker of Bath (Government Art Collection, London). The mill is much changed, and the gable is now surmounted by a modern roof with a straight diagonal profile.
The mill also appears in the foreground of a view of the castle on folio 146 recto (D08638; CXXIII 143). For a discussion of the castle and other studies in this sketchbook, see the entry for folio 141 recto (D08628; CXXIII 138). Turner sketched the similar Ogwell Mill, about six miles to the north, on folios 76 recto and verso and 77 recto (D08508–D08510; CXXIII 73, 73a, 74).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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