Joseph Mallord William Turner

?St Austell; Dodman Point

1811

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08607
Turner Bequest CXXIII 126

Catalogue entry

The inscription on the smaller sketch, occupying the top third of the page vertically and the right-hand two thirds laterally (and framed by horizontal and vertical lines) appears to refer to St Austell, Cornwall. If so, the tower is that of Holy Trinity Church, but the viewpoint is uncertain.
Although he did not transcribe either inscription, Finberg seems to have inferred that Turner’s ‘Dead’ refers to Dodman, the last of a series of headlands running south about nine miles from St Austell, although the view appears to be from the neighbourhood of Fowey (see under folio 5 verso; D08371), a few miles to the east, looking south-west across Mevagissey Bay. See also folio 46 recto (D08449), inscribed ‘Deadman’.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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