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In this drawing Turner seems to have chosen his viewpoint so as to create a ready-made picturesque composition, with foreground trees grouped to frame the view of castle and town walls. Despite this evident preparation for a finished view, no watercolour of the subject is known. Other views of Conwy in this book are on the rectos of folios 80–83, 85 and 86 (D01303–D01308; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 50, 50a, 51, 52, 53, 54).
Finberg 1909, I, p.88; see also p.86.
The sheet stained and discoloured from exposure;
Inscribed in pencil (not in Turner’s hand) ‘Conway Castle | Pencil’ and ‘No 28’; not stamped.
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin Conwy, North Wales, from the East, with Allt-Wen in the Distance