Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Coast towards Bossiney and Trevalga from Tintagel


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 140 × 215 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXV a 75

Catalogue entry

Turner’s viewpoint is high on Tintagel’s Island peninsula, looking north-east across Tintagel Haven and Barras Nose in the foreground. The Sisters Rocks, off Bossiney (see also folio 74 recto; D41356) are just beyond Barras Nose, with Long Island, up the Cornish coast off Trevalga (see folio 31 recto; D41307), above and to their right; further on lie Boscastle (see folio 71 recto; D41353) and the sweep of Bude Bay (see under folio 35 recto; D41311) in the distance. For other views of Tintagel, see under folio 9 recto (D41284).
As discussed in the introduction, the pages of this ‘sketchbook’ appear to have originally been loose sheets, and are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory of the Bequest, although he subsequently noted the subject as ‘Rocky coast’ in a manuscript listing,1 as did C.F. Bell in his own notes.2 Figures usually corresponding to Finberg’s MS catalogue page numbers, which differ from Bell’s sequence, are inscribed on the verso of most sheets.
A.J. Finberg, MS addenda, [circa 1928–39], tipped into a copy of his A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, opposite p.356, as CXXV(a) 50.
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356C, as CXXVa 75.
Technical notes:
The sheet is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Blank, save for inscription by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘150 | 50’ bottom right. There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
July 2011

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