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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Portland from Lulworth Cove 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Recto:
Portland from Lulworth Cove 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIV 20
Pencil on white wove paper, 170 x 209 mm
Stamped in black ‘CXXIV – 20’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view is from the beach on the east side of Lulworth Cove, Dorset, the only point from which the Isle of Portland is visible on the horizon to the south-west through the seaward entrance to the cove. It repeats a small lateral section of the double page view overleaf (folios 20 verso, 21 recto; D08830, D08831), and was presumably made because the profile of Portland there is disrupted by coinciding with the gutter.
There are further views of the cove on folios 21 verso and 22 recto (D08832, D08833).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Portland from Lulworth Cove 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-portland-from-lulworth-cove-r1137310, accessed 21 May 2022.