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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping in Plymouth Sound with Mount Edgcumbe, the Citadel and Mount Batten Beyond 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
Shipping in Plymouth Sound with Mount Edgcumbe, the Citadel and Mount Batten Beyond 1811
D08874
Turner Bequest CXXV 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 166 x 208 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘9’ bottom right (now faint)
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXV – 9’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view is to the north-east from the coast between Cawsand and Penlee Point, looking across Plymouth Sound. What appears to be the Citadel is just visible as a thin rectangle near the centre, beyond the steep profile of Mount Edgcumbe, with the tower at Mount Batten is a little to the right. The view to the south-east on folio 11 recto (D08875; CXXV 10) was made from the same spot or nearby.
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.
Verso:
Blank, save for slight offsetting from the drawing on folio 11 recto opposite (D08875).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Shipping in Plymouth Sound with Mount Edgcumbe, the Citadel and Mount Batten Beyond 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-shipping-in-plymouth-sound-with-mount-edgcumbe-the-citadel-r1137355, accessed 15 July 2019.