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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Porlock Bay and the Coast towards Foreland Point 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Porlock Bay and the Coast towards Foreland Point 1811
Turner Bequest CXXVI 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 200 x 324 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘w’ on hillside to left, and ‘Beach’ below left of centre
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXVI 12’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The viewpoint is near Bossington, looking west along the beach bordering the marshes north of Porlock to the small harbour at Porlock Weir. The series of headlands along the coast terminates at Foreland Point, some ten miles away, hidden beyond which lie Lynton and Lynmouth, for which see under D08948 (CXXVI 3).
The view towards the coast on D08952 (CXXVI 6) has previously been identified as Porlock, but may show nearby Minehead.
On the verso (D41531) is a slight continuation of a view of Bridgwater Bay.
Technical notes:
There are five sets of stitch holes near the left-hand edge, and a small hole towards the top right with staining around it.

Matthew Imms
January 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Porlock Bay and the Coast towards Foreland Point 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 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-porlock-bay-and-the-coast-towards-foreland-point-r1137554, accessed 20 September 2021.