Saltash with the Water Ferry, Cornwall

Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, London 1775–1851 London)

Date: 1811

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 35 3/8 x 47 1/2 in. (89.9 x 120.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889

Accession Number: 89.15.9


This picture is a product of Turner's journey to the west of England in summer 1811 and was exhibited at the artist's private gallery in 1812. Saltash is in Cornwall, across the Tamar River from Devonport and Plymouth. Ruskin described the painting in a letter of 1852 as "what the mind sees when it looks for poetry in humble actual life." The sky is damaged, but the lower half of the painting is well preserved.