Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plymouth Sound from Oreston

1813

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D09315
Turner Bequest CXXXI 90

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, this view is to the west from the Oreston area along the Cattewater past Turnchapel, with the tower of Mount Batten at the centre, Mount Edgcumbe beyond across Plymouth Sound, and the Citadel in outline on the right. 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.
This sketch has been tentatively noted as a source for the watercolour Plymouth, Devonshire of about 1830 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London),1 engraved in 1832 for the series Picturesque Views in England and Wales,2 in a ‘synthesis’ with drawings in the Ivy Bridge to Penzance sketchbook (Tate D08874, D08875, D08877, D08879; Turner Bequest CXXV 9, 10, 11, 12),3 although the watercolour shows a view looking south rather than westwards.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.397 no.835, reproduced.
2
Shanes 1979, p.156.
3
Ibid., p.155.
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

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