Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two West Country Landscapes

1811

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08803
Turner Bequest CXXIII 248 a

Catalogue entry

The following notes (written from the top of the page with the book turned vertically) appear on the right of the landscape sketches:
Upright size      5½ by 7 
Coast             5½ by 8½ 
Dewint size       4¿ 8½ 
There are similar figures set out towards the front of the sketchbook, on folio 4 verso (D08369), which are ‘presumably paper or frame dimensions’1 in inches, approximately equating with the sizes of the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England watercolours and engravings resulting from Turner’s 1811 West Country expedition (see the introduction to the tour). Peter De Wint was also commissioned to make views for the series (Tate impressions: T05267, T05268, T05300, T05301, T05307, T05308, T05312, T05313, T05318, T05319, T05424, T05425), although the significance of the precise variation in his dimensions is unclear.
With the page turned horizontally, the landscapes are one above the other and roughly separated by pencil lines, with another separating them from the inscriptions to the right. Both feature hills and buildings, perhaps from the latter stages of the West Country tour. The terrain in the upper sketch appears similar to that in the full-page view on folio 252 recto opposite (D08804; CXXIII 249).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

1
Howard J.M. Hanley, Turner in Dorset: Images from the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England, exhibition catalogue, Mulberry Gallery, Weymouth Library 1992, p.2.

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