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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant Hills, Possibly between Gunnislake and Plymouth c.1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 19 Verso:
Distant Hills, Possibly between Gunnislake and Plymouth c.1813
D09920
Turner Bequest CXXXV 19a
Pencil on white wove paper, 88 x 113 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This panoramic drawing continues on folio 20 recto opposite (D09921), and again on folio 21 recto (D09922). The lack of landmarks makes the subject difficult to confirm, but it may relate to the succession of hills looking south towards Plymouth from Gunnislake in the background of Turner’s large painting Crossing the Brook, exhibited in 1815 (Tate N00497).1 There is a sketch of similar terrain, directly related to that part of the painting, in the Vale of Heathfield sketchbook (Tate D10274; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 48). For further discussion of various landscape and tree studies in this sketchbook in that context, see under folio 14 recto (D09910).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.93–4 no.130, pl.123 (colour).

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Distant Hills, Possibly between Gunnislake and Plymouth c.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-distant-hills-possibly-between-gunnislake-and-plymouth-r1147875, accessed 29 November 2021.