Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cardiff Bridge and Castle, with Boats

1798

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 289 x 454 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01642
Turner Bequest XLI 13

Catalogue entry

Turner had made a study of Cardiff Castle from across the River Taf, showing more of the bridge, during his tour of South Wales in 1795; see the Smaller South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00471; Turner Bequest XXV 10). A finished watercolour based on that drawing is Tate D00702 (Turner Bequest XXVIII Q). He evidently considered the subject suitable for further investigation, but seems never to have completed another picture of the castle.
Technical notes:
There are some red and grey paint smears along the lower and right edges.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in a later hand in pencil ‘45’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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