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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Lulworth Cove, with Weymouth and Portland Beyond 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Verso:
Lulworth Cove, with Weymouth and Portland Beyond 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIV 21a
Pencil on white wove paper, 170 x 209 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?Hambury Stair]’ bottom right, and ‘G’ towards bottom left
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner has climbed from the beach within Lulworth Cove to the narrow strip of level ground on its south-eastern side, looking south-west to the Isle of Portland and north-west to Hambury Tout, the steep hill in the distance on the right. At the centre is the opposite side of the entrance to the cove, masking Stair Hole, the heights beyond which provided the viewpoint for the drawing looking back this way on folio 22 recto (D08833). Both of these features appear to be noted in Turner’s inscription, although the second word is very uncertain. There is a slightly less detailed drawing of exactly the same view in the Vale of Heathfield sketchbook (Tate D10238; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 22), perhaps made on the same occasion.
There are further views of the cove on folios 20 recto, 20 verso and 21 recto (D08829–D08831) of the present sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Lulworth Cove, with Weymouth and 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-weymouth-and-portland-beyond-r1137313, accessed 21 May 2022.