Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hilly Views, Perhaps on a West Country Coast or near Glastonbury

1811

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08659
Turner Bequest CXXIII 155 a

Catalogue entry

Whether this is a sketch in part or wholly of a coast, as Finberg thought, is unclear. It appears to be in at least two main sections: one view along the top, where the horizontal shading at the centre may indicate the sea; another across the middle, with a hill on the right with a tiny vertical feature at its summit (to which the inscription, possibly reading ‘Glas’ or ‘Glast’, as in Glastonbury, may refer – see also folio 122 verso; D08595; CXXIII 119a); and perhaps a third below, which may be a very slight sketch of a wooded landscape.
Technical notes:
There is a prominent brown stain at the bottom left, which seems to have been offset from folio 159 recto opposite (D08660; CXXIII 156).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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