Joseph Mallord William Turner

Caernarvon Castle from the South, with Shipping

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 225 x 329 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01951
Turner Bequest XLV 26 a

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this is a view looking across the River Seiont to the southern walls of Caernarvon Castle, with, from left to right, the Eagle Tower, the Queen’s Tower and the Chamberlain’s Tower. Turner had already submitted a heroic view of Caernarvon from the estuary, with a westering sun, to the Royal Academy’s exhibition in this year, 1799 (private collection),1 and had made a small oil sketch of a similar composition (Tate N01867);2 a panorama including Caernarvon Castle seen at a distance was to appear at the Academy in 1800 (Tate D04164; Turner Bequest LXX M).3

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.328 no.254, pl.47 (colour).
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.22–3 no.28, pl.23 (colour).
3
Wilton 1979, p.329 no.263, pl.52.

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