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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Lulworth Cove, with the Isle of Portland Beyond ?1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
Lulworth Cove, with the Isle of Portland Beyond ?1811
Turner Bequest CXXXVII 21
Pencil on white wove paper, 181 x 228 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘21’ bottom right (now very faint)
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXVII 21’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s view is from the beach on the east side of Lulworth Cove, Dorset, the only point inside the cove from which the Isle of Portland is visible on the horizon to the south-west, through the seaward entrance. This is a slighter version in the Corfe to Dartmouth sketchbook (Tate D08830, D08831; Turner Bequest CXXIV 20a, 21) which includes other drawings of the site from Turner’s 1811 tour of the West Country, and it is likely that the present sketch was made on the same occasion.
There is a view from nearby on folio 23 recto (D10238; CXXXVII 22), and a further Dorset subject, Christchurch Priory (then in Hampshire), on folio 5 recto (D10310; CXXXVII 67). Lulworth Cove is the first of the sites in Turner’s West Country topographical notes on folio 1 recto (D10206).
Technical notes:
There are traces of ochre watercolour on the lower edge, left of centre, and of yellow and blue along the right edge.

Matthew Imms
May 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Lulworth Cove, with the Isle of Portland Beyond ?1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-lulworth-cove-with-the-isle-of-portland-beyond-r1131279, accessed 20 January 2021.