Joseph Mallord William Turner

A West Country Harbour or Fortification with Horses or Mules

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
D08593
Turner Bequest CXXIII 118 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s sketch is somewhat resistant to interpretation. Beyond the horses there appears to be a central architectural structure, perhaps a West Country pier or fortification. To the right may be the sails of a ship, with a looping line beyond possibly indicating the profile of a cliff. All these features are flanked by trees. The site may be the same as that shown in a wider riverside or harbour view on folio 126 recto (D08601; CXXIII 123).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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