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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner East and West Looe 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Verso:
East and West Looe 1811
Turner Bequest CXXV 15a
Pencil on white wove paper, 166 x 208 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner looks south-east from above West Looe, Cornwall, with the River Looe running from the left and on to the sea in the distance. The castellated tower of St Martin’s Church, East Looe appears towards the centre, with the cupola of St Nicholas’s, West Looe near the bank on the right. Trees and a horse-drawn cart are lightly indicated in the foreground; the viewpoint is probably North Road, a little above the harbour.
This is the second of four drawings of Looe; see also folios 15 recto, 17 verso and 18 verso (D08881, D08885, D08887; CXXV 14, 16a, 17a). There are also studies in the contemporary Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook (between Tate D08580 and D08588; Turner Bequest CXXIII 111a, 115a; and Tate D08614; Turner Bequest CXXIII 129a).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘East and West Looe 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-east-and-west-looe-r1137364, accessed 27 June 2022.