Joseph Mallord William Turner

Falmouth and Pendennis Castle from Flushing


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 166 × 208 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXV 24 a

Catalogue entry

The view is from the bank of the Penryn River, looking south-east past Flushing on the left Falmouth Harbour to Falmouth on the right with Pendennis Castle, on the skyline at the centre beyond. Despite later developments the scene is still recognisable from along St Peter’s Road and Trefusis Road.
Turner could have reached the small port by road or river, as discussed under folio 24 verso (D08899; CXXV 23a). The next drawing, on folio 26 verso (D08903; CXXV 25a) shows Penryn, looking in the opposite direction from Flushing. The castle is seen from the south-west on folios 28 recto and verso (D08905, D08906; CXXV 27, 27a), while further sketches up to folio 31 recto (D08909; CXXV 30) address other aspects of Falmouth and nearby St Mawes.
There are also various studies of the area in the contemporary Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook – see under Tate D08375 (Turner Bequest CXXIII 7a).
Technical notes:
The bottom edge is slightly frayed due to being misaligned and projecting slightly when the sketchbook is closed.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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