Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mount’s Bay and St Michael’s Mount from near Gulval


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 141 x 215 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXV a 85

Catalogue entry

St Michael’s Mount appears in outline towards the right, seen from the north-west. The viewpoint appears to be in the vicinity of Gulval, north-east of Penzance, with St Gudwal’s Church on the left; there is a view from nearer the Mount on folio 7 recto (D41282), under which other views of the bay are discussed.
As discussed in the introduction, the pages of this ‘sketchbook’ appear to have originally been loose sheets, and are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory of the Bequest, although he subsequently noted the subject as ‘View on coast’ in a manuscript listing,1 while C.F. Bell described it tentatively in his own notes as ‘View near coast (Mounts Bay?)’.2 Figures usually corresponding to Finberg’s MS catalogue page numbers, which differ from Bell’s sequence, are inscribed on the verso of most sheets.
A.J. Finberg, MS addenda, [circa 1928–39], tipped into a copy of his A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, opposite p.356, as CXXV(a) 38.
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356C, as CXXVa 85.
Technical notes:
There are some patchy, yellowish stains towards the bottom left. The sheet is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Blank, save for inscription by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘136 | 38’ bottom right. There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
July 2011

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