Joseph Mallord William Turner

Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

1795

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 204 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00432
Turner Bequest XXIV 25

Catalogue entry

This is a slightly closer view of the castle than that on folio 24 recto (D00431), taken from Clatterford. Finberg suggests1 that the distant tower is that of Newport Church, but as Dearden notes it is in fact the ‘truly monumental’2 Perpendicular tower of St Mary’s, Carisbrooke. Turner used the study as the basis for a pupil’s copy drawing (Tate D00881; Turner Bequest XXXIII J). He later executed a close paraphrase of the subject on a sheet watermarked 1807 (Tate D08274; Turner Bequest CXXI R).3
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
1
Finberg 1912, p.89.
2
Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, The Buildings of England, Harmondsworth 1967, p.737.
3
Dearden 1979, pl.4.
Technical notes:
A piece torn from the outer edge of the page at the bottom left has been made up.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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