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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Plymouth Sound with Mount Edgcumbe and Drake's Island 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Verso:
Plymouth Sound with Mount Edgcumbe and Drake’s Island 1811
Turner Bequest CXXV 3a
Pencil on white wove paper, 166 x 208 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Mount Edgcumbe is seen to the west from the coast at Staddon Heights, overlooking Jennycliff Bay on the opposite side of Plymouth Sound, with Drake’s Island below it to the right and Penlee Point in the distance on the left. There is a similar view in the contemporary Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook (Tate D08367; Turner Bequest CXXIII 3a) and a drawing looking in the same direction from further south among various sketches from around Jennycliff Bay in the later Plymouth, Hamoaze sketchbook (Tate D09281; Turner Bequest CXXXI 59).
This is one of a series of sketches of Plymouth and nearby districts, running from folio 3 recto (D08866; CXXV 2) to folio 14 recto (D08880; CXXV 13); see the entry for the first of these for other Plymouth views. The drawing continues a little way onto folio 5 recto opposite (D08869; CXXV 4).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Plymouth Sound with Mount Edgcumbe and Drake’s Island 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-plymouth-sound-with-mount-edgcumbe-and-drakes-island-r1137349, accessed 11 December 2019.