Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views on the River Dart, including Totnes

1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09745
Turner Bequest CXXXIII 60 a

Catalogue entry

Turner has bisected the sheet vertically, and the right-hand half horizontally. There are drawings to the left and right of the top half, and another at the bottom right which appears to be continued to the left beyond the central dividing line, making three drawings in total rather than the four of Finberg’s title.
The very summary drawing at the top right shows Totnes Castle, with two strokes indicating the town’s church tower (to the right of the dark trees) and the bridge over the Dart to the right. There is a more detailed drawing from a similar viewpoint on folio 61 recto opposite (D09746). The lower drawing also shows Totnes to the south, apparently from the Newton Abbot road. For other Totnes views, see under folio 48 recto (D09726).

Matthew Imms
July 2014

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