J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Corfe to Dartmouth sketchbook 1811

Turner Bequest CXXIV 1–48
Sketchbook bound in parchment
48 leaves of white wove paper bound as a single gathering within single free endpapers (probably the original covers) of off-white laid paper, page size 170 x 209 mm
Makers unidentified; no watermarks
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘Corfe to Dartmouth’ on the front flyleaf (D40821)
Numbered 167 as part of the Turner Schedule in 1854 and endorsed by the Executors of the Turner Bequest, verso of the front flyleaf (verso of D40821)
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the first of the medium-sized sketchbooks Turner used in the West Country in 1811 (see the introduction to the tour), in parallel with the small, interleaved Devonshire Coast, No.1 guidebook-sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CXXIII) in which some of the same sites appear, as discussed in individual entries.
After sketching in the smaller book at Christchurch (Tate D08403, D08406, D08411, D08419, D08421, D08425; CXXIII 22, 24, 27, 31, 32, 34) and Poole (Tate D08387, D08391; Turner Bequest CXXIII 14, 16), he began in earnest in the present sketchbook with views of Corfe Castle, Swanage and Lulworth Cove, before moving west to Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Exeter, Teignmouth, Totnes and the River Dart, Dartmouth and Brixham. Having filled this book, he then took up the similarly constructed Ivy Bridge to Penzance sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CXXV) as he moved further west.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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Matthew Imms, ‘Corfe to Dartmouth sketchbook 1811’, sketchbook, February 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/corfe-to-dartmouth-sketchbook-r1137288, accessed 27 December 2014.