Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Caldicot: The Parish Church, with the Castle to the Right

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01741
Turner Bequest XLII 66

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 34 recto opposite (D01742; Turner Bequest XLI 67). The church in this drawing may be St Mary the Virgin, Caldicot, on the road between Chepstow and Newport; it stands close to the castle. Turner’s itinerary on this tour took him from Chepstow north up the River Wye to Monmouth, so he would have had to make a considerable detour to take in Caldicot, but it is possible that he was drawn there by the promise of its substantial ruins. However, the castle itself bears only a passing resemblance to the structure in Turner’s drawing.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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