Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cockermouth Castle: the North Curtain Walls from across the River Derwent

1809

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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

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:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
August 2009

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