Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plympton House, St Maurice’s Church and the Castle, with Saltram Park Beyond

1814

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09719
Turner Bequest CXXXIII 43

Catalogue entry

The prospect, now obscured by housing in the foreground, is westwards from on or near the Ridgeway to St Maurice’s Church and Plympton Castle, with Saltram Park (see also under folio 39 recto; D09715) rising on the hillside beyond.
The first of two Plympton sketches in the 1811 Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook (Tate D08561, D08565; Turner Bequest CXXIII 101a, 103a) shows a similar view. The roof in the foreground is that of Plympton House (now St Peter’s Care Home) off George Lane, built around 1700 in the ‘William-and-Mary tradition’,1 with six bays on its east front, as Turner notes, and the pediments of its north and south fronts seen in profile.
There is another Plympton view on folio 42 recto (D09718).

Matthew Imms
July 2014

1
See Nikolaus Pevsner, South Devon, The Buildings of England, Harmondsworth 1952, p.245.

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