Joseph Mallord William Turner

Arundel Castle, from the River Arun

c.1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18425
Turner Bequest CCX 66 a

Catalogue entry

This is a study of Arundel Castle, the ancient estate of the Dukes of Norfolk constructed in 1068 (see Tate D18418; Turner Bequest CCX 63). Turner has rendered the castle in detail, leaving the Motte cursorily described. The artist has inscribed a few notes at top left, so diminutive in size that only a few of the words are legible: ‘[?Mot]’ (presumably signifying ‘motte’), ‘[?Rus]’ (possibly ‘rustication’ of the masonry) and ‘[?arrow]’ (arrow loops). This sketch is associated with Turner’s watercolour designs for W.B. Cooke’s Rivers of England: Arundel Castle on the River Arun, with a Rainbow (Tate D18139; Turner Bequest CCVIII F) and Arundel Castle on the River Arun (Tate D18140; Turner Bequest CCVIII G). 1
For other sketches of Arundel Castle in this book see Tate D18419–D18461; Turner Bequest CCX 63–84a. See also Tate D22819–D22820, D22847–D22848, D22881–D22884, D22887, D22900–D22901, D22936, D23002–D23010; Turner Bequest CCXLV 21a–22, 38a–39, 60a–62, 63a, 70a–71, CCXLVI 22, 86a–91.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

1
See Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Arundel Castle on the River Arun, with a Rainbow c.1824–5 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-arundel-castle-on-the-river-arun-with-a-rainbow-r1146205 and Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Arundel Castle, on the River Arun c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-arundel-castle-on-the-river-arun-r1146206

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