Joseph Mallord William Turner

A West Country Town on a River or Harbour with ?Fortifications

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
D08601
Turner Bequest CXXIII 123

Catalogue entry

This West Country view remains unidentified. There appears to be a fortification on the crest of the central hill, with a square church tower in the distance to the right. The building with heavily shadowed arches near the waterfront may be another fortified structure; it and the horses or mules at the lower left may be those shown in a closer view on folio 121 verso (D08593; CXXIII 118a).
Technical notes:
There is some blotted offsetting below the drawing from the ink inscription on folio 125 verso opposite (D08600; CXXIII 122a).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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