Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Castle on a Bay with Shipping at Anchor and Figures on the Beach in the Foreground

c.1799–1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04132
Turner Bequest LXIX 115

Catalogue entry

Finberg plausibly suggests that this composition study shows Flint Castle;1 the drawing is a variant of the design found on folios 87 recto and 88 recto (D04102, D04103; Turner Bequest LXIX 88, 89); see also folios 1 recto and 5 recto (D03994, D03998). The study of ships and figures on a beach on folio 9 recto (D04003) is apparently from the same sequence of sketches.
Other studies of Flint Castle are in the Dolbadarn sketchbook (Tate D02012, D02013; Turner Bequest XLVI 13a, 14).
1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.173.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil in the same hand as that on the verso of folio 115 (D04133; Turner Bequest LXIX 116) ‘143’.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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