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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Plymouth Sound from Staddon Heights 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 63 Recto:
Plymouth Sound from Staddon Heights 1813
Turner Bequest CXXXI 63
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘G’, ‘[?Grass]’, and ‘[S...ing] Stone | water | [?weed]’ from centre left to bottom left within drawing
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘63’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXXI – 63’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the viewpoint is Staddon Heights, south of Mount Batten, looking north-west, apparently from what is now the golf course. Mount Edgcumbe is on the left and the Stonehouse area of Plymouth to the right beyond Drake’s Island, with the Hamoaze in the distance. The hatching on the near side of various features suggests strong afternoon shadows. 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.
Technical notes:
A large brown stain matches one on folio 62 verso opposite (verso of D09285).
Blank. A further brown stain matches one folio 64 recto opposite (D09287).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Plymouth Sound from Staddon Heights 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-staddon-heights-r1148014, accessed 23 November 2020.