Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bamburgh Castle from the South

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00955
Turner Bequest XXXIV 47

Catalogue entry

The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. The twelfth-century Norman castle, much altered over succeeding centuries, rises over an eight-acre site on a high bluff overlooking the Farne Islands, a wild and romantic stretch of the grand Northumberland coast. Turner made three drawings of it on this tour, though he did not develop any of them until much later in his career. The others are folios 51 recto and 52 recto (D00956, D00957; Turner Bequest XXXIV 48, 49). See D00957 for a note on the use Turner later made of the subject.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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