Joseph Mallord William Turner

Stonehouse Lake and Bridge from near the Royal Military Hospital


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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 97

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the view is from the north, over the small bridge which also appears on folio 96 recto (D09322), looking across Stonehouse Lake to Stonehouse Bridge, with the ramparts of Plymouth Dock (later Devonport) rising on the right. Silhouetted beyond is St George’s Church, destroyed in World War II,1 and in the distance towards the left is the Plymouth Hoe and the coast down the east side of Plymouth Sound beyond. The lake has since been filled in and the extensive rebuilding and trees lining Kings Road, which now runs down to Stonehouse Bridge, make it difficult to obtain an equivalent view today. There is a similar drawing on folio 98 recto (D09324).
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.
See photograph reproduced at Graham Naylor, ‘St George’s Church, East Stonehouse’, The Lost Churches of Plymouth, accessed 22 April 2014,

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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