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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Chudleigh Rocks 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
Chudleigh Rocks 1814
Turner Bequest CXXXII 2
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 152 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘2’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXII – 2’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject seems to be Chudleigh Rocks, an outcrop just south-west of Chudleigh, east of Dartmoor between Ashburton and Exeter. For Ashburton see the Devon Rivers, No.2 sketchbook (Tate D09729; Turner Bequest CXXXIII 49a), where there are also views of Exeter (Tate D09755, D09756; Turner Bequest CXXXIII 65a, 66). Turner’s viewpoint appears to be the valley south of the rocks. There is another drawing of the same site on folio 4 recto (D09485), while the wooded valley on folio 3 recto (D09484) and the bridge on folio 5 recto (D09486) may be nearby.
Technical notes:
There is some staining which has bled through from the leather overlaps inside the front cover.

Matthew Imms
June 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Chudleigh Rocks 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-chudleigh-rocks-r1147025, accessed 27 July 2021.