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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mount Batten and the Plymouth Citadel from Turnchapel 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 64 Recto:
Mount Batten and the Plymouth Citadel from Turnchapel 1813
Turner Bequest CXXXI 64
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘64’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXXI – 64’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the view is from Clovelly Bay near Turnchapel, looking west with shipping and the tower at Mount Batten silhouetted against afternoon sunlight. The hatching of the largest vessel’s hull is particularly vigorous. The Citadel appears on the right, above the Cattewater on the Plymouth side, with Mount Edgcumbe in the distance on the left. The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.
Technical notes:
A large brown stain matches one on folio 63 verso opposite (verso of D09286).
Blank. A large, though faint, brown stain matches that on folio 65 recto opposite (D09288).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Mount Batten and the Plymouth Citadel from Turnchapel 1813 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-mount-batten-and-the-plymouth-citadel-from-turnchapel-r1148015, accessed 25 November 2020.