Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Castle on a Wooded Bank above a River, with a Church Spire to the Right

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 188 x 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01900
Turner Bequest XLIV X

Catalogue entry

Finberg conjectured that this shows Dynevor Castle1 (see the 1798 Hereford Court and Dynevor Castle sketchbooks; Tate; Turner Bequest XXXVIII, XL), but that seems unlikely, unless it is accepted as a fanciful elaboration of the subject. The church spire in that case would be entirely imaginary, and the river would be the Tywi.
1
A.J. Finberg (died 1939), undated MS note in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p.109.
Technical notes:
The surface is considerably abraded. The subject drawn inside a ruled black ink border to which the sheet is closely trimmed; it was probably laid down by the artist on a lined mount which has disappeared.
Verso:
Blank; stained from adhesion to an old mount or backing board.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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