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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Land's End, Cornwall' ?circa 1834

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    Land's End, Cornwall ?circa 1834
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 356 x 310 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Near Land's End, Cornwall' ?circa 1834

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    Near Land's End, Cornwall ?circa 1834
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 356 x 518 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Longships Lighthouse, Land's End, from the North-East' ?circa 1834

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    The Longships Lighthouse, Land's End, from the North-East ?circa 1834
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 428 x 580 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • after Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Land's End, Cornwall' 1814

    after Joseph Mallord William Turner
    Land's End, Cornwall 1814
    Intaglio print on paper
    image: 142 x 220 mm
    Purchased 1986

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The two colour beginnings of Lands End have been plausibly identified as abandoned sketches of the 1830s, preparatory work to a watercolour of the subject that would have appeared in the England and Wales series. However, Turner laid this work aside, perhaps because it was too similar in viewpoint to the Lands End he had painted for the Southern Coast, whose engraving was published in 1814 (also on display).

Instead, Turner seems to have decided to concentrate on Longships Lighthouse, using the same opposition of dark sea on the left and warm land on the right, but sinking the horizon to engage with the tumult of the waves.