Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plymouth Citadel and the Barbican from Mount Batten

1813

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09228
Turner Bequest CXXXI 11

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the view is north-west from Mount Batten across the Cattewater to the Citadel and the waterfront houses of Plymouth’s Barbican, with the tower of St Andrew’s Church and the spire of the Charles Church beyond. The view remains recognisable from the car park at this point today.
There is an earlier drawing of the Citadel and St Andrew’s tower from further east in the Ivy Bridge to Penzance sketchbook (Tate D08869; Turner Bequest CXXV 4). The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) of the present sketchbook are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

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