Joseph Mallord William Turner

Chilsworthy and the River Tamar, near 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: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09649
Turner Bequest CXXXII 137

Catalogue entry

Diana Cook and Dorothy Kirk have identified Turner’s sketch as showing Chilsworthy above the Tamar Valley, looking north-west from around the junction of the roads between North Dimson and Chilsworthy along what is locally known as Windy Ridge or Windy Bridge, up the hill west of Gunnislake. They note the best vantage point as a bridge over the dismantled railway just south of the junction. The Tamar is now largely obscured by trees.1
On the verso (D09650) is a view from the same spot or nearby, looking north-east to the distant tors of Dartmoor. For other views along the Tamar Valley, see under folio 114 verso (D09606).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
Cook and Kirk 2001, p.46, reproducing modern photograph of the view as by Kirk; Cook and Kirk 2009, p.52, reproducing the same photograph as by Cook.

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