Joseph Mallord William Turner

Carlisle Castle; and an Inscription

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41067

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted is a sketch of the entrance to Carlisle Castle at the south of the complex. The castle is shown in Turner’s watercolour of Carlisle circa 1832 (Yale Center for British Art, USA),1 for volume 1 of Scott’s Poetical Works, but from the opposite direction to this sketch. The sketches for that design are in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border sketchbook (Tate D25844; Turner Bequest CCLXVI 42 a).
The inscription has not been deciphered fully.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.427 no.1070.

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