With the page turned horizontally, the viewpoint is Jennycliff Bay, south of Mount Batten, looking west-north-west. Mount Edgcumbe is on the left and the Stonehouse area of Plymouth to the right; in the centre is Drake’s Island, with the Hamoaze and St John’s Lake in the distance. The hatching on the near side of various features suggests strong afternoon shadows. There is a view to the north from the bay on folio 61 recto (D09283) and a more detailed profile of Mount Edgcumbe on folio 61 verso (D09284). The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
There is a similar view in the Ivy Bridge to Penzance sketchbook, among the sketches around Plymouth made Turner’s first visit to the area in 1811 (Tate D08868; Turner Bequest CXXV 3a).
- Plymouth Sound(47)