Joseph Mallord William Turner

Barnard Castle from Towler Hill

1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11494
Turner Bequest CXLVII 33

Catalogue entry

This sketch is taken from Towler Hill, a high bluff over the River Tees about a mile north-north-west of Barnard Castle, looking downstream to the castle and town. Towler Hill was a popular viewpoint. Almost exactly the same view was painted in 1805 by John Sell Cotman in a well-known watercolour (Leeds Museums and Galleries)1 while Walter Scott celebrated the prospect in his poem Rokeby published in 1813. Presumably Turner had the poem in mind as he sketched in 1816.
For Barnard Castle in this sketchbook see folio 32 recto (D11493).

David Hill
February 2009

1
David Hill, Cotman in the North, 2005, p.129 reproduced.

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