Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall


Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall was first published in 1816, as part of a major topographical print project directed by WB Cooke. The Picturesque Views of the Southern Coast of England ran from 1814 to 1826, and included forty-eight plates and thirty-two vignettes by Turner. It was a significant commission for the artist, enabling him to showcase his topographical subjects to a wider public.

This particular plate, from the King's Library, originated from an 1811 tour of the West Country, commissioned by Cooke for the Southern Coast series. Preparatory sketches in the Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook (Tate Britain) were developed into a watercolour design now held at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside. 

Full title:
Picturesque views on the southern coast of England, from drawings made principally by J. M. W. Turner, and engraved by W. B. Cooke, George Cooke, and other eminent engravers.
1816, London
Mezzotint engraving / Engraving
William Bernard Cooke, Joseph Mallord William Turner
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library

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