Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plymouth Sound with Drake’s Island and the Great Mew Stone across Firestone Bay

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
D09235
Turner Bequest CXXXI 18

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the view, recognisable today from Admiralty Road above Firestone Bay, is south-east across Plymouth Sound, past Drake’s Island on the left to the Great Mew Stone in the distance towards the right. The shore at Mount Edgcumbe is indicated in the middle distance at the right-hand edge. There is a similar, albeit rather compressed, view on folio 274 verso (D09474; CXXXI 185a) from the sequence working in from the back of the sketchbook recording a voyage to the Mew Stone and beyond. Mount Edgcumbe itself is seen from the same viewpoint or nearby on folio 19 recto (D09236).
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.
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

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