Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mount’s Bay and St Michael’s Mount from the West

1811

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41286
Turner Bequest CXXV a 11

Catalogue entry

St Michael’s Mount appears in outline to the right of centre, viewed from the north-west from the neighbourhood of Gulval, north-east of Penzance. There are similar views on folios 8 recto (D41283) and 12 recto (D41287), and views from nearer the Mount on folios 7 recto (D41282), under which other views of the bay are discussed, and 13 recto (D41288).
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 correctly described it in his own notes as ‘Mounts Bay and St Michael’s Mount’.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.
1
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) 39.
2
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356A, as CXXVa 11.
Technical notes:
The sheet is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Verso:
Blank, save for inscriptions: inscribed by C.F. Bell in pencil ‘Mounts Bay from West’ bottom left; inscribed by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘140 | 39’ bottom right. There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
July 2011

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