Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Tiverton and the Exe Valley

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: 110 × 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09766
Turner Bequest CXXXIII 72 a

Catalogue entry

Turner has divided the page into four, though the vertical and horizontal divisions are not continuous. The section at the top right has been isolated more emphatically, with two further pencil lines running left and downwards from the centre. Although the two lower sections appear at first sight to show two separate views of a valley or valleys – hence Finberg’s count of four sketches1 – they probably form a continuous panorama, as some strokes are continuous across the central division.
The view at the top left, including a church tower with a building some way to its right, appears to be a version of those seen on folio 73 verso (D09768), which show Tiverton and the Exe Valley from the north-west; that at the top right may show the town from the south, as seen again on folio 74 recto (D09769). The sketch of wooded hills beyond a broad valley across the bottom of the page annotated with a very brief word which may be ‘Exe’.

Matthew Imms
July 2014

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.379.

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