Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plymouth Sound: Devil’s Point, Drake’s Island and Mount Edgcumbe with the Great Mew Stone in the Distance


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 95 × 157 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXI 185 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, this is a similar view to that on folio 275 verso (D09476; CXXXI 186a), but from a little further from Devil’s Point, allowing a partial view of Drake’s Island on the left as well as the Great Mew Stone across Plymouth Sound to the south-east; compare the view on folio 18 recto (D09235).
This drawing is part of a sequence working in from the back cover of the sketchbook, which correlates with accounts of a voyage Turner and others made from Plymouth south-east to Burgh Island, returning by land towards Plymouth. The sequence begins on folio 275 (D09476; Turner Bequest CXXXI 186a), under which the overall trip is discussed, and may extend as far as folio 228 verso (Tate D09382; Turner Bequest CXXXI 139a).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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