Joseph Mallord William Turner

Calstock Church and the Tamar Valley towards Gunnislake

1814

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 × 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09835
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 40

Catalogue entry

The view is from high on the ridge above the River Tamar north of Calstock, looking up the river to Gunnislake. As Diana Cook and Dorothy Kirk note, trees (and high hedges) now impede the prospects from around St Andrew’s Church, but they reproduce a painting by R. Gallon showing a clear view of the church and valley in about 1900.
There is a view in the same direction from further up the valley to the north in the contemporary Devon Rivers, No.1 sketchbook (Tate D09660; CXXXII 143), and a view to the west from near the church on folio 42 recto of the present book (D09836; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 41), which may formerly have been bound immediately after the present page; see the entry for D09836 for more on this point and the subject in general.
Technical notes:
Tears at the bottom centre and towards the top of the right-hand edge have been repaired.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
July 2014

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