Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Turnchapel from the Cattewater

1813

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09229
Turner Bequest CXXXI 12

Catalogue entry

This and the two subsequent sketches on folios 13 recto and 14 recto (D09230, D09231), coming between views from nearby Mount Batten, probably show Turnchapel, across the Cattewater from Plymouth, looking east, with the page turned horizontally.
Eric Shanes has related this drawing to a ‘colour beginning’ (Tate D25366; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 244) which he describes as ‘Near Plymouth’;1 Finberg tentatively identified the watercolour as showing ‘Mount Edgcumbe (?)’.2
The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
1
Shanes 1997, pp.94, 102.
2
Finberg 1909, II, p.833.
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

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