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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Plymouth from the East 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 75 Recto:
Plymouth from the East 1813
D09299
Turner Bequest CXXXI 75
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
Watermark ‘Mill | 811’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Laira’ towards bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘75’ bottom right, descending vertically, and ‘6’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXXI – 75’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, Plymouth is seen across the Laira (Plym Estuary) from the east, with the Citadel on the far left, and the tower of St Andrew’s Church and the spire of the Charles Church. 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.
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Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Plymouth from the East 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-plymouth-from-the-east-r1148027, accessed 16 October 2021.