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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Plymouth Citadel from Mount Batten 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto:
Plymouth Citadel from Mount Batten 1811
Turner Bequest CXXV 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 166 x 208 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ bottom right (now very faint)
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXV – 4’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner looks north-west from the coast south of Mount Batten, across the Cattewater to the Citadel with the tower of St Andrew’s Church beyond. There is a later drawing of the fortress and church tower from further west in the Plymouth, Hamoaze sketchbook (Tate D09228; Turner Bequest CXXXI 11). The slight continuation at the left is from the drawing of Plymouth Sound on folio 4 verso opposite (D08868; CXXV 3a).
This is one of a series of sketches of Plymouth and nearby districts, running from folio 3 recto (D08866; CXXV 2) to folio 14 recto (D08880; CXXV 13); see the entry for the first of these for other Plymouth views.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Plymouth Citadel from Mount Batten 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-plymouth-citadel-from-mount-batten-r1137350, accessed 28 November 2020.