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Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 × 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09648
Turner Bequest CXXXII 136 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this view of a succession of relatively featureless hills stretching to the horizon is likely, as Finberg proposed,1 to show Dartmoor. Unfortunately, Turner’s various topographical annotations remain elusive, except for apparent references to the Rivers Tamar and Tavy at the top right, suggesting that they are located in the distance, on the western fringes of the moor.
For other definite or likely Dartmoor views, see under folio 8 recto (D09489).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.376.

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