Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lynton from near Countisbury


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 200 x 324 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXVI 14

Catalogue entry

Below Wind Hill on the high, twisting coastal road to Countisbury, Turner looks west to the upper part of Lynton on Hollerday Hill, beyond the estuary of the East and West Lyn Rivers obscured by the steep hills in the foreground. They also hide Lynmouth, on the near side of the estuary, apart from one or two buildings beside the beach. Lundy Island is lightly indicated in the distance on the right. There is a view from further east on D08959 (Turner Bequest CXXVII 13). For other views of Lynton and Lynmouth, see under D08948 (CXXVI 3).
Technical notes:
There are five sets of stitch holes near the left-hand edge.
Blank. The cluster of faint, dark marks at the top left appears to be a cat’s paw print. There are similar marks on D08959 (Turner Bequest CXXVI 13). Such prints are occasionally found on Bequest drawings, apparently left by the Manx cats which wandered in Turner’s studio in later years.1

Matthew Imms
January 2011

See James Hamilton, Turner: A Life, London 1997, p.304.

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