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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Town by the Sea, with Hills and the Coast Beyond, Probably in North Devon 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 73 Recto:
A Town by the Sea, with Hills and the Coast Beyond, Probably in North Devon 1814
D09558
Turner Bequest CXXXII 73
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 152 mm
Part watermark ‘y Mill | 1812’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘73’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXII – 73’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg thought the subject here was Bideford,1 but the topography of this faint drawing is unclear. There seems to be a coast with headlands beyond (compare folio 72 recto; D09557), which would not fit with Bideford (see under folio 79 recto; D09564), but the scene may be somewhere along the north Devon coast nearby.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.374.
Technical notes:
There is some staining to the right-hand edge of the leaf.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
June 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Town by the Sea, with Hills and the Coast Beyond, Probably in North Devon 1814 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 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-town-by-the-sea-with-hills-and-the-coast-beyond-probably-r1147105, accessed 15 June 2021.