The sketches between folio 36 recto (D09255) and folio 43 recto (D09263) were made in the vicinity of Trematon Castle, above the St Germans or Lynher River west of the River Tamar and Plymouth. The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions. Turner’s viewpoint here, with the page turned horizontally, is the lane south of St Stephen’s Hill in Forder, near Saltash, looking south-west over the bridge crossing the entrance to Forder Lake, with the castle above. The buildings in the middle distance remain recognisable, with what is now The Old Mill at the centre below the castle, which can still be glimpsed among the trees now covering this side of the mound. There is a similar view on folio 38 recto (D09257).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.396 no.822.
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