Joseph Mallord William Turner Treryn Dinas 1811

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Artwork details

Date 1811
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 141 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41293
Turner Bequest CXXV a 18
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Catalogue entry

Turner’s view is south from the Cornish mainland, showing the headland on which the Iron Age hill fort Treryn Dinas stands near Treen. For other views around Treryn Dinas, the Logan Rock and Porth Curno, see under folio 17 recto (D41292).
As discussed in the introduction, the pages of this ‘sketchbook’ appear to have originally been loose sheets, and are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory of the Bequest, although he subsequently noted the subject as ‘Cliffs’ in a manuscript listing,1 while C.F. Bell correctly described it in his own notes as the locality of the ‘Logan Rock’’.2 Figures usually corresponding to Finberg’s MS catalogue page numbers, which differ from Bell’s sequence, are inscribed on the verso of most sheets.
1
A.J. Finberg, MS addenda, [circa 1928–39], tipped into a copy of his A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, opposite p.356, as CXXV(a) 19.
2
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356A, as CXXVa 18.
Technical notes:
The sheet is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Verso:
Blank, save for inscriptions: inscribed by C.F. Bell in pencil ‘Logan Rock (?)’ bottom left; inscribed by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘118 | 19’ bottom right. There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
July 2011

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