Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Water Mill beside a Bridge, Possibly at St John

1813

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09252
Turner Bequest CXXXI 33

Catalogue entry

Eric Shanes has related this drawing, made the page turned horizontally, to a ‘colour beginning’ (Tate D25364; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 242) which he tentatively identifies as ‘?St John, near Plymouth’, although this identification remains unconfirmed.1 Finberg titled the watercolour simply ‘The path up the hill’.2 St John is near Antony, south of the St Germans or Lynher River west of Plymouth. A sequence of views around Trematon Castle, north of the river, begins on folio 36 recto (D09255). 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.
1
Shanes 1997, pp.94, 102.
2
Finberg 1909, II, p.832.
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

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