Joseph Mallord William Turner

Caernarvon Castle from the East

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 220 x 282 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01901
Turner Bequest XLIV Y

Display caption

This watercolour originated in the sketching tour of Wales Turner made in 1798. Such tours were an important source of new subjects for the artist. Having gathered the raw materials for new compositions, he would try to persuade patrons to commission fully developed watercolours.

Turner may have made this design in preparation for a large watercolour of Caernarfon Castle that he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1799.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

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