Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mount Edgcumbe from across Plymouth Sound

1813

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D09284
Turner Bequest CXXXI 61 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the viewpoint is Jennycliff Bay, south of Mount Batten, looking west-north-west. The profile of Mount Edgcumbe runs down to the entrance to the Hamoaze, with the tip of Devil’s Point on the Stonehouse side on the right. The drawing peters out below the skyline at the centre, with Drake’s Island barely indicated in Plymouth Sound. There is a general view from this direction on folio 59 recto (D09281), and a view of the adjacent coast to the south-west on folio 62 recto opposite (D09285). 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.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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