Minehead and Dunster Castle, Somerset

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1818 possibly

LL 3782

About this object

Turner was commissioned to make a series of coastal views for the proposed publication 'Picturesque Views of the Southern Coast of England' around 1811. This watercolour, and another in the collection, 'Portsmouth, Hampshire' (LL 3783), were made for this purpose. Turner visited Minehead in Somerset towards the end of his 1811 tour to the West Country. He didn’t finish this watercolour until 1818.

The composition and perspective of this picture are characteristic of Turner. He liked the sweeping view that a high foreground gave to the landscape.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1818 possibly
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Gum arabic; Wove paper; Scratching out
  • Measurements
  • Physical description
    A panoramic, sunny landscape scene. In the centre foreground two figures sit by the road looking at the view, a bundle on the ground to their right. To their left is a clump of trees. The sea dominates the centre right of the middle ground; to the left is the beach and vegetation. Beyond these are hills. A castle is visible on the left hand hill in the middle distance.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner); William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner); John Morley (Previous owner); James Orrock (Previous owner); A Smith (Previous owner); Francis Stevenson (Previous owner); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    Out of Use Accession Number: WHL 225
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1907
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Ownership

Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1907-02-22
    How acquired: Purchased from Agnews
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1907-02-22
    Disposal method: Sold to Lever
  • A Smith

    Owned from: 1904
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 4 June 1904, Lot 46
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Orrock

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1904
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 4 June 1904, Lot 46
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Francis Stevenson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1896
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 16 May 1896, Lot 21
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • John Morley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1896
    Disposal method: Sold posthumously at Christie's on 16 May 1896, Lot 21
Object view = Fine Art
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