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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner St Michael's Mount 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Verso:
St Michael’s Mount 1811
Turner Bequest CXXV 31a
Pencil on white wove paper, 166 x 208 mm
Watermark ‘Fellows | 1808’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The distant coast near Mousehole on the south-western side of Mount’s Bay is seen above the rocks in the foreground, in a slight continuation of the main view of the mount on folio 33 recto opposite (D08912; CXXV 32). Eric Shanes has noted the latter page alone as a source for the watercolour St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall of about 1812 (private collection),1 engraved in 1814 for the Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England2 (see the concordance of the series in the 1811 tour introduction). The rocks in the foreground of the watercolour feature in the corresponding part of the sketch on the present page. There is a similar view on folios 33 verso–34 recto (D08913, D08914; CXXV 32a–33).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.350 no.445, reproduced.
Eric Shanes, Turner’s Rivers, Harbours and Coasts, London 1981, p.152.
Technical notes:
There is some brown spotting.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘St Michael’s Mount 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-st-michaels-mount-r1137393, accessed 07 December 2021.