Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plymouth: The Citadel, Barbican and Mount Batten


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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 139 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, Turner looks south from a rural viewpoint, with the tower at Mount Batten at the left, the Citadel above the Barbican at the centre, and Penlee Point beyond Mount Edgcumbe in the distance to the south-west on the right. There are comparable views on folios 229 verso and 230 verso (D09384, D09386; Turner Bequest CXXXI 140a, 141a).
This drawing is perhaps the last of a continuous 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 from Kingsbridge (see folio 252 verso; D09430; Turner Bequest CXXXI 163a) towards Plymouth. The sequence begins on folio 275 (D09476; Turner Bequest CXXXI 186a), under which the overall trip is discussed.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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