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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 × 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41311
Turner Bequest CXXV a 35

Catalogue entry

The view is to the south over Bude’s beach to Compass Point beyond the mouth of the River Neet, with the coast of Cornwall stretching away along Bude Bay towards Tintagel (see under folio 9 recto; D41284), some fifteen miles to the south-west. There is a more detailed treatment of the distant cliffs on the verso (D41312), and further views on folios 40 recto, 63 recto, 68 recto and 70 recto (D41318, D41345, D41350, D41352). Other contemporary views are in the Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook (Tate D08407, and possibly D08368; Turner Bequest CXXIII 24a and 4 respectively).
As discussed in the introduction, the pages of this ‘sketchbook’ appear to have originally been loose sheets, and are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory of the Bequest, although he subsequently noted Turner’s inscription identifying the subject as ‘“Bude”’ in a manuscript listing,1 as did C.F. Bell in his own notes.2 Figures including one usually corresponding to Finberg’s MS catalogue page numbering, which differs from Bell’s sequence, are inscribed on the verso of most sheets, although in this case neither number (‘172 | 72’) matches Finberg’s.
1
A.J. Finberg, MS addenda, [circa 1928–39], tipped into a copy of his A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, opposite p.356, as CXXV(a) 68.
2
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356B, as CXXVa 35.
Technical notes:
There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet, which is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.

Matthew Imms
July 2011

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