Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Ruined Castle

c.1825–38

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 314 x 473 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25229
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 107

Catalogue entry

In the middle distance to the left are the block-like forms of a ruined castle, caught in a diagonal shaft of sunlight which occupies about half the width of the composition. Water is possibly intended at the bottom left, and there are what appear to be paler ruins in the distance on the right.
Eric Shanes has suggested this may be a colour study relating to the series of Turner’s watercolours engraved as Picturesque View in England and Wales (published 1827–38).1 Turner began delivering the finished watercolours early in 1825, hence the broad range date given here to the present sheet. See also the introductions to the present subsection of unidentified subjects and the overall England and Wales ‘colour beginnings’ grouping to which it has been assigned.
1
Shanes 1997, p.96.
Verso:
Blank (laid down and not examined).

Matthew Imms
March 2013

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