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 20 Verso:
Lulworth Cove, with the Isle of Portland Beyond 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIV 20a
Pencil on white wove paper, 170 x 209 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The 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. The drawing continues a little onto on folio 21 recto opposite (D08831). Presumably because the profile of Portland is disrupted through coinciding with the gutter between the two pages, Turner repeated this part of the view on folio 20 recto (D08829).
There are further views of Lulworth Cove on folios 21 verso and 22 recto (D08832, D08833). There is also a slighter version of the present double-page view in the Vale of Heathfield sketchbook (Tate D10237; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 21), perhaps made on the same occasion.
Technical notes:
There is some brown spotting at the bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Lulworth Cove, with the Isle of Portland Beyond 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-lulworth-cove-with-the-isle-of-portland-beyond-r1137311, accessed 26 October 2021.