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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Chudleigh Rocks, with St Martin and St Mary's Church Beyond 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Chudleigh Rocks, with St Martin and St Mary’s Church Beyond 1814
D09485
Turner Bequest CXXXII 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 152 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXII – 4’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As with the view on folio 2 recto (D09483), the subject appears to be Chudleigh Rocks, an outcrop just south-west of the small town of the same name. Turner’s viewpoint seems to be on or near the lane west of Lawell House, looking north-east up the valley below the rocks, with the castellated tower and shallow spire of St Martin and St Mary’s Church in Chudleigh beyond to the left. Assuming the identification is correct, there are now more trees on the skyline, obscuring the tower. The bridge on folio 5 recto (D09486) may be nearby.
Technical notes:
A dark mark at the bottom right matches one on the opposite page (the verso of Tate D09484; CXXXII 3).
Verso:
Blank; a dark mark at the top right matches one on folio 5 recto opposite (D09486).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Chudleigh Rocks, with St Martin and St Mary’s Church Beyond 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-with-st-martin-and-st-marys-church-beyond-r1147027, accessed 25 July 2021.