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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Drake's Island, Mount Edgcumbe and Penlee Point from Plymouth Hoe 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto:
Drake’s Island, Mount Edgcumbe and Penlee Point from Plymouth Hoe 1813
D09222
Turner Bequest CXXXI 5
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘5’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXXI – 5 bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the alignment of the fortified island in Plymouth Sound, with the tips of Mount Edgcumbe and Penlee Point to the south-west, places Turner’s viewpoint as the western end of the Hoe. There are figures precariously near to the cliff edge at the top left, and more down at water level to the right. The same figures appear to the left of the drawing on folio 6 recto (D09223), which continues the view to the west.
The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Drake’s Island, Mount Edgcumbe and Penlee Point from Plymouth Hoe 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-drakes-island-mount-edgcumbe-and-penlee-point-from-plymouth-r1147949, accessed 12 May 2021.