Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Shoreline with Woods Beyond, on or near Plymouth Sound

1813

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 × 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09288
Turner Bequest CXXXI 65

Catalogue entry

Without notable landmarks this view, made with the page turned horizontally, is not readily placeable, but as Finberg suggests, it is presumably on or in the vicinity of Plymouth Sound. The dense shading to the left is unusual for Turner, and perhaps indicates that the woods were observed against strong light. The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
Technical notes:
A large, though faint, brown stain matches that on folio 64 verso opposite (the verso of D09287).
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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