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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Plymouth with Mount Batten and the Citadel from the East 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 73 Recto:
Plymouth with Mount Batten and the Citadel from the East 1813
Turner Bequest CXXXI 73
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
Watermark ‘Mill | 812’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘73’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXXI – 73’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the viewpoint is above the Cattewater east of Plymouth, looking west to the tower of Mount Batten and the silhouetted Citadel towards the right, with Mount Edgcumbe across Plymouth Sound in the distance. There is a similar but more finished study on folio 74 recto (D09298), and the view on folio 72 recto (D09295) also seems to be related. 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 brown stain at the centre matches one on folio 72 verso opposite (D09296), but they are out of alignment, suggesting the sheets were not then bound as at present.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Plymouth with Mount Batten and the Citadel from the East 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-with-mount-batten-and-the-citadel-from-the-east-r1148025, accessed 04 March 2021.