Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Tamar Valley between Launceston and Lifton

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: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09610
Turner Bequest CXXXII 117

Catalogue entry

The first ‘L’ of Turner’s inscription is presumably Launceston, where he used this sketchbook for a number of studies (see under folio 106 recto; D09596). Lifton is about four miles to the east, near the confluence of the River Wolf with the Lyd, which itself flows into the Tamar shortly afterwards. The Okehampton road runs north of the Tamar, and Turner’s view is southwards, possibly from where it rises between Polson (see folio 115 recto; D09607) and Liftondown. Here the road almost converges with the modern A30, and the hill south of their junction, now heavily wooded by the Gordonhill Plantation, is perhaps the one shown on the right of Turner’s sketch.

Matthew Imms
June 2014

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