Joseph Mallord William Turner

Conwy: Distant View of the Castle from the East

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
D01305
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 51

Catalogue entry

A view looking north-west from the shore of the River Conwy, showing the walls of the town to the left and Penmaenbach beyond. The large finished watercolour of Conwy now in the Getty Museum, San Francisco,1 seems to have been partially based on this drawing, though that on the next page, folio 83 recto (D01306; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 52) was also used. The oil painting2 also makes use of this drawing. Other drawings of Conwy in this book are on the rectos of folios 80, 81, 84, 85 and 86 (D01303, D01304, D01336, D01307, D01308; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 50, 50a, 82, 53, 54).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.329–30 no.270, reproduced.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.107–8 no.141, pl.146 (colour).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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