Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Coast around Boscastle from near Beeny

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
D08806
Turner Bequest CXXIII 250

Catalogue entry

The view appears to be to the south-west along the Cornish coast from south of Beeny on the road out of Boscastle (see folio 185 recto; D08705; CXXIII 182) towards Bude (see under folio 4 recto; D08368), making the tower near the centre the lookout above Boscastle’s harbour. Turner’s inscription may indicate ‘Tintagel’ and ‘Padstow’. Tintagel (see the contemporary Cornwall and Devon sketchbook, under Tate D41284; Turner Bequest CXXV a 90) is about three miles beyond Boscastle, with Padstow (see the same sketchbook, under Tate D41306; Turner Bequest CXXV a 30) about twelve miles further again.
There is a similar view on folio 252 verso opposite (D08805; CXXIII 249a).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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