Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: A Colour Note Concerning Plymouth Hoe

1813

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 × 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09264
Turner Bequest CXXXI 43 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg begins his transcription1 of Turner’s note, made with the page turned horizontally, with ‘The Horn’ and the start of the last line as ‘... greens red’, but the reading given above largely follows James Hamilton’s, interpreting the subject as Plymouth Hoe,2 adjacent to the Citadel recorded elsewhere in this sketchbook (see for example folios 5, 6 and 7 recto; D09222–D09224). A vertical pencil line runs down from ‘sky’ between ‘red’ and ‘all’, and then tails off diagonally. The drawings 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.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.367.
2
Hamilton 1997, p.146.

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