One of Turner's most impressive views of Plymouth, from a series produced for the publication 'Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast'.

The composition is a striking example of his interest in the 1810s in the panorama or 'bird's eye' view. In the foreground a lively gathering of people including sailors dance and wave in celebration of the arrival of a major fleet of ships anchored in the Devonport Docks. It seems to capture the victorious mood following the end of the Napoleonic Wars when Plymouth had been threatened with invasion.


Captain Meeking; by descent; Christie's, 1973; Sotheby's, 2006.

The Box, Plymouth

Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AJ
01752 304774

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The Box, Plymouth is a major cultural and heritage attraction scheduled to open in spring 2020. It will feature a series of permanent galleries showcasing the city's art, human history, natural history, film, photographic and archive collections alongside an exciting programme of events, artist commissions and temporary exhibitions. Please see our website for full details and confirmed opening hours.

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