Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Castle among Trees, with Hills Beyond

c.1799–1800

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Medium
None
Dimensions
Support: 83 x 166 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03968
Turner Bequest LXVI 128 a

Catalogue entry

With the pages turned horizontally, the drawing continues on folio 130 recto opposite (D03969; Turner Bequest LXVI 129). Finberg’s suggestion that this could show Conway Castle1 is not wholly convincing. The large square keep may be that of a Roman castle, such as Porchester or Rochester, but the hills and woods that surround it suggest that it is in Wales; the slight sketch on folio 130 verso (D03970; Turner Bequest LXVI 129a) may show Chepstow on the Wye, in which case this too may be Chepstow.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.168.

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