Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Fort beside a Shore with Shipping, Possibly on the Hamoaze or Mount Edgcumbe

1811

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 166 × 208 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08873
Turner Bequest CXXV 8

Catalogue entry

The setting is a small cove or inlet. Men are working on beached boats to the left with what seems to be a minor fort or fortified building, possibly ruined, and other buildings beyond. The masts of at least two ships are indicated on the right. The setting has yet to be established, but is probably west of Plymouth along the Hamoaze (the Tamar Estuary), which has seen much subsequent development, or to the south on Mount Edgcumbe, which appears on folio 10 recto (D08874; CXXV 9).
This is one of a series of sketches of Plymouth and nearby districts, running from folio 3 recto (D08866; CXXV 2) to folio 14 recto (D08880; CXXV 13); see the entry for the first of these for other Plymouth views.
Verso:
Blank, save for some offsetting from the drawing on folio 10 recto opposite (D08874; CXXV 9).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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