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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Plymouth Sound from Jennycliff Bay 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 59 Recto:
Plymouth Sound from Jennycliff Bay 1813
Turner Bequest CXXXI 59
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Corn’ bottom left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘59’ bottom right, descending vertically, and ‘6’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXXI – 59’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the viewpoint is Jennycliff Bay, south of Mount Batten, looking west-north-west. Mount Edgcumbe is on the left and the Stonehouse area of Plymouth to the right; in the centre is Drake’s Island, with the Hamoaze and St John’s Lake in the distance. The hatching on the near side of various features suggests strong afternoon shadows. There is a view to the north from the bay on folio 61 recto (D09283) and a more detailed profile of Mount Edgcumbe on folio 61 verso (D09284). 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.
There is a similar view in the Ivy Bridge to Penzance sketchbook, among the sketches around Plymouth made Turner’s first visit to the area in 1811 (Tate D08868; Turner Bequest CXXV 3a).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Plymouth Sound from Jennycliff Bay 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-from-jennycliff-bay-r1148009, accessed 21 January 2021.