Joseph Mallord William Turner

Camelford; a River Valley; Boats by an Estuary


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXIII 6

Catalogue entry

Turner’s inscription identifying Camelford is at the bottom right of the small view isolated by vertical and horizontal lines in the top-left corner, encroached upon by the mast of one of the boats in the larger estuary view below. Another small view, of a sailing boat in a river valley, is at the top right.
The slight view of Camelford may be from the main road north-east of the town, looking south to the centre. On the fringes of Bodmin Moor, it is a few miles inland from Tintagel, recorded extensively in the contemporary Cornwall and Devon sketchbook (see under Tate D41284; Turner Bequest CXXV a 90) and Boscastle (see folio 185 recto; D08705; CXXIII 182), and would have been on Turner’s route north-east through Cornwall.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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