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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Harbour at Antony Passage on the St Germans or Lynher River 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 36 Recto:
The Harbour at Antony Passage on the St Germans or Lynher River 1813
Turner Bequest CXXXI 36
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
Part watermark ‘Ivy
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘36’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXXI – 36’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The sketches between here and folio 43 recto (D09263) were made in the vicinity of Trematon Castle, above the St Germans or Lynher River west of the River Tamar and Plymouth. The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions. The small harbour at Antony Passage, seen here from its west side with the page turned horizontally, appears in the distance across the river in the 1814 Devon Rivers, No.2 sketchbook (Tate D09708, D09709; Turner Bequest CXXXIII 33, 34).
As noted in this sketchbook’s Introduction, local resident Mr Charles Nodder has used his knowledge of the area around Trematon Castle to write a privately circulated article discussing the relevant drawings in this sketchbook, after inspecting and discussing them with the present author,1 who is very grateful for his comments: he states that the building on the left is ‘the old lime kiln, blown up in the 1960s’.2 Other features remain recognisable.
Conversation, 27 October 2010.
Charles Nodder, ‘JMW Turner’s Views around Antony Passage’, unpublished article, 2010, Tate catalogue files, p.3.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Harbour at Antony Passage on the St Germans or Lynher River 1813 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-harbour-at-antony-passage-on-the-st-germans-or-lynher-r1147982, accessed 06 December 2021.