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 21 Verso:
Distant Hills, Possibly between Gunnislake and Plymouth c.1813
D09923
Turner Bequest CXXXV 21a
Pencil on white wove paper, 88 x 113 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Grey’ top left on cloud, and ‘Grey’, ‘G’, ‘[?Gree]’, ‘G[...]’, and ‘Green’ across centre on landscape features
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The drawing continues on the opposite page (Tate D09924; Turner Bequest CXXXV 22). Heavy cloud is indicated on the present page, with what may be the sun showing through at the top right. 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).
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).
Technical notes:
A small, ringed spot of foxing to the left of centre shows through to the recto (D09922). There is a dark vertical band towards the right, with small black spots at the top edge, corresponding with similar marks on the opposite page.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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-r1147878, accessed 15 January 2021.