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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner ?The Mouth of the River Tavy from above Blaxton ?1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 58 Verso:
?The Mouth of the River Tavy from above Blaxton ?1813
Turner Bequest CXXXVII 55a
Pencil on white wove paper, 181 x 228 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This appears to be the view looking south-west from the road (now part of the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail) above Blaxton Creek, hidden below the crest of the hill in the foreground, with Bere Ferrers across the Tavy on the right and the confluence with the Tamar north of Saltash beyond the two shallow headlands subsequently connected by a railway bridge. The modern suburbs of Plymouth begin not far south of this viewpoint. The sketch is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. A study of a lime kiln beside a narrow watercourse with boats on folio 56 verso (D10285; CXXXVII 53a) may show Blaxton Quay, at the entrance to Blaxton Creek.
The present sketch is the last of numerous views in and around the Tamar and Tavy valleys, beginning on folio 46 verso (D10265; CXXXVII 43a), which were probably made in the summer of 1813 in conjunction with those in the smaller Devon Rivers, No.1 sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CXXXII). The latter is covered in the section of the present catalogue specifically devoted to Turner’s 1813 visit to Devon, where further information on Turner’s work in the locality will be found.

Matthew Imms
May 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?The Mouth of the River Tavy from above Blaxton ?1813 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-the-mouth-of-the-river-tavy-from-above-blaxton-r1131335, accessed 18 January 2018.