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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 45

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted are two sketches of Carlisle. The main sketch, continuing on folio 44 verso (D25848), is of Carlisle from the north, probably from Eden Bridge. The River Eden runs in the foreground of the picture with Carlisle Castle and Cathedral above it. These are Turner’s most detailed depictions of the castle and cathedral in the sketchbook, and helped to inform his frontispiece design for volume 1 of Scott’s Poetical Works: Carlisle circa 1832 (watercolour, Yale Center for British Art);1 see folios 43 verso–44 (D25846–D25847). At the top of the page is a small sketch of the Eden Bridge.
A similar depiction of the castle, though with none of the surrounding landscape, exists in the Rokeby and Appleby sketchbook (Tate D25555; Turner Bequest CCLXIV 16). For further sketches of Carlisle in the present sketchbook see folio 39 verso (D25838).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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

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