J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Path Bordered by Trees, Perhaps in the Vicinity of the River Yealm, near Plymouth 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 49 Recto:
A Path Bordered by Trees, Perhaps in the Vicinity of the River Yealm, near Plymouth 1813
D09271
Turner Bequest CXXXI 49
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘49’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXXI – 49’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, this view in woods among hills is currently unidentified, but may be near the River Yealm, south-east of Plymouth. A nearby sketch (folio 47 recto; D09268) is annotated with the name of the river, while folio 53 recto (D09275) and subsequent pages show the Wembury area, near the mouth of the river. The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
There appears to be a figure at a doorway at the bottom right. There is a continuation of the treetops to the right ‘above’ on folio 48 verso opposite (D09270).
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Path Bordered by Trees, Perhaps in the Vicinity of the River Yealm, near Plymouth 1813 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-path-bordered-by-trees-perhaps-in-the-vicinity-of-the-r1147999, accessed 24 January 2020.