Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cilgerran Castle: Looking Downstream

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01354
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 100

Catalogue entry

See the note to folio 37 recto (D01342; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 88). Turner’s viewpoint here is close under the castle ruins, and he includes a kiln or forge on the riverbank to the left. Stephen Hughes of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales cites Professor D.G. Tucker of the University of Birmingham, in stating that the building may be a forge or ‘smithy’ which ‘may have survived some forgotten predecessor in the same locality’ as that of the Castle Slate Quarries’.1 Another forge or kiln occurs on folio 38 recto (D01279; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 28). Other views of Cilgerran are on folios 39 recto and 41 recto (D01280, D01281; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 28a, 29).
1
Letter to the author, 9 November 1982.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; Finberg records a note ‘on back’, transcribed by Ruskin from ‘Turner’s note on margin of mount’ (subsequently discarded?):1
Mr Fidler 2 Feet by 17}
                                26}

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.88.

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