Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ilfracombe from Hillsborough 1811
Turner Bequest CXXV a 42
Pencil on white wove paper, 140 x 215 mm
Inscribed by C.F. Bell in pencil ‘42’ top right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXV.A – 42’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Ilfracombe is seen to the west across its harbour, obscured by the rocky heights of Hillsborough in the foreground. See under folio 37 recto (D41314
) for other views of the town and locality.
As discussed in the introduction, the pages of this ‘sketchbook’ appear to have originally been loose sheets, and are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory
of the Bequest, although he subsequently noted the subject as ‘Town surrounded by cliffs’ in a manuscript listing,1
while C.F. Bell described it in his own notes as ‘Village with harbour in rocky cove’.2
Figures usually corresponding to Finberg’s MS catalogue page numbers, which differ from Bell’s sequence, are inscribed on the verso of most sheets.
The sheet is slightly wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Blank, save for inscription by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘184 | 84’ bottom right. There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.
How to cite
Matthew Imms, ‘Ilfracombe from Hillsborough 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-ilfracombe-from-hillsborough-r1137469, accessed 25 September 2021.