Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Cove or Harbour, Probably in South Devon

1811

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08465
Turner Bequest CXXIII 53

Catalogue entry

The order of subjects in this sketchbook does not always reflect a direct topographical sequence, but this drawing, along with those on folios 51 recto and 52 verso (D08459, D08462; CXXIII 51, 51c), falls among identified views in West Dorset and the adjacent coast of South Devon, suggesting that they were made in the latter area. Here there is some resemblance to the sheltered beach harbour at Beer, although the profile of the cliffs does not precisely match those seen today. Some of the marks towards the left indicate masts, but others are less clear in their intention.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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