Turner toured the South West on two occasions and sketched many places that we can still recognise today. His journey took him around Devon and Cornwall where he used his sketchbook to make observations and notes of what he saw, which he then used to create paintings such as this one at Ivybridge.
In the days that Turner toured the South West the only way to travel was by horse-drawn carriage. In this picture you can see the mail coach which often carried passengers as well. Ivybridge was a very important stopping point on the journey from London to Plymouth which in those days took 24 hours!
Can you spot the man that missed the coach? Who could he be and what will happen to him now? You could imagine you are a time traveller; either in the past or the future. This painting is very descriptive – Turner has used colours to describe the time of year and the type of place. Try and use descriptive words in your story to describe a journey.