Joseph Mallord William Turner

Okehampton from the Okement Valley

1814

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 × 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09540
Turner Bequest CXXXII 57

Catalogue entry

After studies around Okehampton Castle and the adjacent town, this sketch and the ones on folios 55 recto and 56 recto (D09538, D09539) are the last clearly identifiable views, showing Okehampton to the south from Brightley Road (the Barnstaple road) alongside the River Okement. Here, as on folio 56 recto, the castle on its mound to the south and the tower of St James’s Chapel in the town centre are almost aligned, while the tower of All Saints Church appears on its hill west of the town to the right; woods in the valley prevent a clear view today. There is a slight continuation to the left on folio 56 verso opposite (D40825).
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Matthew Imms
June 2014

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