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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner St Michael's Mount 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 33 Recto:
St Michael’s Mount 1811
D08912
Turner Bequest CXXV 32
Pencil on white wove paper, 166 x 208 mm
Watermark ‘Fellows | 1808’
Inscribed in pencil ‘32’ top left, upside down
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CXXV – 32’ top left, upside down
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The mount is seen to the south from the mainland north-west of Marazion, with the island’s harbour spread out below the castle. The drawing continues a little way onto folio 32 verso opposite (D08911; CXXV 31a).
Eric Shanes has noted the present page as a source for the watercolour St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall of about 1812 (private collection),1 engraved in 1814 for the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England2 (see the concordance of the series in the 1811 tour introduction). There is a similar view on folios 33 verso–34 recto (D08913, D08914; CXXV 32a–33).
For other views of the site, see under folio 32 recto (D08910; CXXV 31).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.350 no.445, reproduced.
2
Shanes 1981, p.152.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘St Michael’s Mount 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-st-michaels-mount-r1137394, accessed 01 September 2015.