Joseph Mallord William Turner Caernarvon Castle, from the East 1798–9

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Caernarvon Castle, from the East
Date 1798–9
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 222 x 283 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XLIV Y
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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.

August 2004

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