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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping in Plymouth Sound with the Mew Stone in the Distance 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
Shipping in Plymouth Sound with the Mew Stone in the Distance 1811
D08875
Turner Bequest CXXV 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 166 x 208 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘10’ bottom right (now faint)
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXV – 10’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s viewpoint is the coast between Cawsand and Penlee Point, looking south-east to the Mew Stone in the distance on the right and the hills leading north to Mount Batten on the far side of Plymouth Sound. The view to the south-east on folio 10 recto (D08874; CXXV 9) was made from the same spot or nearby. On his 1813 visit to Devon, Turner sailed past the Mew Stone and made several drawings of it in the Plymouth, Hamoaze sketchbook (between Tate D09448 and D09462; Turner Bequest CXXXI 172a, 179a).
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.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Shipping in Plymouth Sound with the Mew Stone in the Distance 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-the-mew-stone-in-the-r1137356, accessed 28 February 2021.