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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Plymouth Sound: Devil's Point, Drake's Island and Mount Edgcumbe with the Great Mew Stone in the Distance 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 274 Verso:
Plymouth Sound: Devil’s Point, Drake’s Island and Mount Edgcumbe with the Great Mew Stone in the Distance 1813
D09474
Turner Bequest CXXXI 185a
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, this is a similar view to that on folio 275 verso (D09476; CXXXI 186a), but from a little further from Devil’s Point, allowing a partial view of Drake’s Island on the left as well as the Great Mew Stone across Plymouth Sound to the south-east; compare the view on folio 18 recto (D09235).
This drawing is part of a sequence working in from the back cover of the sketchbook, which correlates with accounts of a voyage Turner and others made from Plymouth south-east to Burgh Island, returning by land towards Plymouth. The sequence begins on folio 275 (D09476; Turner Bequest CXXXI 186a), under which the overall trip is discussed, and may extend as far as folio 228 verso (Tate D09382; Turner Bequest CXXXI 139a).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Plymouth Sound: Devil’s Point, Drake’s Island and Mount Edgcumbe with the Great Mew Stone in the Distance 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-sound-devils-point-drakes-island-and-mount-edgcumbe-r1148204, accessed 15 October 2021.