Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Castle on a Headland

c.1799–1802

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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
D03995
Turner Bequest LXIX 2

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this is probably a composition study for a view of Harlech Castle, which Turner had drawn on his tour of North Wales in 1798; it may be based on a drawing in the North Wales sketchbook (Tate D01376; Turner Bequest XXXIX 21). Other drawings of Harlech to which Turner may have referred are Tate D01377 (Tate XXXIX 22) in the North Wales book and various pages in the 1798 Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01292, D01294, D01329; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 40, 42, 75). See also folio 4 recto (D03997) of the present book.
Technical notes:
The splashes of brown colour across this drawing may come from the study of Dunstanburgh Castle on folio 5 recto (D03998), and there are further splashes on the verso of folio 101 (D04117; Turner Bequest 102).
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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