Plymouth, from Mount Edgcumbe by JMW Turner

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

Details

Medium:
Watercolour over pencil heightened with scratching out & touches of gum arabic, on wove paper
Dimensions:
15.6 x 24.1 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,112 ( Total: £96,000)
Acquired in:
2006
Vendor:
Sotheby's

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.

Provenance

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

Venue details

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery Drake Circus, PLYMOUTH Devon PL4 8AJ 01752 304774 www.plymhearts.org

Entry details

Free to all

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