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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Calstock from the River Tamar 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 141 Verso:
Calstock from the River Tamar 1814
Turner Bequest CXXXII 141a
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 152 mm
Inscribed by Turner ‘Calstock’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Diana Cook and Dorothy Kirk note that it is ‘probably impossible to identify the precise location’ of this rapid sketch, since there have been substantial changes to Calstock’s waterfront along Lower Kelly.1 They reproduce a photograph of about 1900 and a modern drawing by Ley Roberts, showing the early twentieth-century viaduct which now dominates the view eastwards up the River Tamar.
The same boat, or a similar one, appears in the view in the opposite direction on the recto (D09656). For other views along the Tamar Valley, see under folio 114 verso (D09606).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

Cook and Kirk 2009, erratum slip for p.32; see also Cook and Kirk 2001, reproducing a photograph of about 1890.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Calstock from the River Tamar 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-calstock-from-the-river-tamar-r1147206, accessed 28 November 2021.