Joseph Mallord William Turner Cockermouth Castle: the North Curtain Walls from across the River Derwent 1809

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Cockermouth Castle: the North Curtain Walls from across the River Derwent
From Cockermouth Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CX
Date 1809
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 116 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07555
Turner Bequest CX 16
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Catalogue entry

For Cockermouth Castle and Turner’s views in this sketchbook see Introduction. Here the view is across the Derwent towards the ‘Lands’ and the north curtain wall of the castle, with the outer gatehouse at left, the kitchen tower at centre and the round (archers’) tower at right. Turner has now found the basis of his picture Cockermouth Castle (Tate T03879; displayed at Petworth House)1 but he went on to make a more careful and developed drawing in his Petworth sketchbook (Tate D07536; Turner Bequest CIX 24) which must have served as his working study. Other views of the same side of the castle from more wooded vantage points are folios 17 and 18 of the present sketchbook (D07556, D07557).
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.77 no.108 (pl.115).
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
August 2009

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