Joseph Mallord William Turner

Great Torrington from the Torridge Valley

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 × 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09567
Turner Bequest CXXXII 81

Catalogue entry

Turner looks north-west down the valley of the River Torridge, from around the site of New Bridge, built in the 1840s1 near the Town Mills. Near the middle of the skyline, as seen in other drawings here, appears to be the gazebo or belvedere which still stands beside the bowling green on the site of the medieval castle off Castle Street,2 with the spire of St Michael’s Church beyond. There is a continuation to the right on folio 82 recto (D09568); Turner must have pulled back the present page to make it.
For other views of the town on adjacent pages, see under folio 80 recto (D09566).
1
See Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, Devon, The Buildings of England, revised ed., New Haven and London 2002, p.460.
2
See ibid., p.463.
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Matthew Imms
June 2014

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