Joseph Mallord William Turner

Treryn Dinas, with Porth Curno in the Distance

1811

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41292
Turner Bequest CXXV a 17

Catalogue entry

The view is westwards from the headland on which the Cornish Iron Age hill fort Treryn Dinas stands, along the coast towards Porth Curno, south of which the Minack Theatre is now built into the cliffs. There are further views around the site, including the Logan Rock, on the rectos of folios 18, 19, 21, 41 and 69 (D41293, D41294, D41296, D41320, D41351).
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 ‘Cliffs’ in a manuscript listing,1 while C.F. Bell correctly described it in his own notes as the locality of the ‘Logan Rock’.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.
1
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) 20.
2
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356A, as CXXVa 17.
Technical notes:
The sheet is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Verso:
Blank, save for inscriptions: inscribed by C.F. Bell in pencil ‘Logan Rock, Cornwall’ bottom left; inscribed by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘118 | 20’ bottom right. There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
July 2011

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