Joseph Mallord William Turner

View across Swansea Bay

1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 130 x 205 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00475
Turner Bequest XXV 14

Catalogue entry

Swansea Bay enjoyed a reputation for great beauty in the period of the Picturesque tour of Wales; the poet Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864), who owned property there and so might be considered prejudiced, opined that it was the equivalent for natural beauty of the Bay of Naples. Both bays are now disfigured by heavy industry.
Technical notes:
There is a tear extending approximately 15 mm from the bottom edge of the leaf.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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