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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Plymouth Sound: Drake's Island and Mount Edgcumbe from below the Citadel 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Recto:
Plymouth Sound: Drake’s Island and Mount Edgcumbe from below the Citadel 1814
D09690
Turner Bequest CXXXIII 18
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 178 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘18’ bottom right, descending vertically, and ‘294’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXXIII 18’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view is from below the south-eastern flank of the Citadel, looking south-west across Plymouth Sound to Drake’s Island, with Mount Edgcumbe outlined beyond. Compare the views on folios 2 recto and verso (D09669, D09670), under the first of which other Plymouth subjects are noted. Thomas Daniell’s 1825 aquatint Mount Edgecumbe, from the Citadel, Plymouth (Tate impression: T03004) for his Voyage round Great Britain, shows the same features from a higher viewpoint.
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Matthew Imms
July 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Plymouth Sound: Drake’s Island and Mount Edgcumbe from below the Citadel 1814 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-drakes-island-and-mount-edgcumbe-from-below-r1147241, accessed 17 October 2021.