Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plymouth Sound: Drake’s Island and Mount Edgcumbe

1813

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 × 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09470
Turner Bequest CXXXI 183 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the viewpoint is off Mount Edgcumbe on the right, looking across to Drake’s Island with the eastern shores of Plymouth Sound beyond.
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).
Technical notes:
Staining to the right matches that on folio 273 recto opposite (D09471; CXXXI 184).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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