Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Rocky Islet with a Ruined Arch

1791

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 185 × 263 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00076
Turner Bequest VI 5

Catalogue entry

The island seems to be that close to the Welsh shore, off Beachley and the mouth of the Wye. The ruins are visible today. This and two other studies of the island, folios 7 verso and 10 verso (D00080, D00084), together with the references on folios 15 verso and 18 recto (D00092, D00097) to ‘Old Passage’ (i.e. the Aust passage) suggest that Turner made the journey by ferry across the Severn, though there is no evidence that he landed in Wales.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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