Joseph Mallord William Turner

Corfe Castle: The Castle and Village from West Hill


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Graphite on paper
Support: 170 x 209 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXIV 2

Catalogue entry

Having probably approached along the Wareham road from the north-west (see folio 1 recto; D08807), Turner has here climbed the adjacent West Hill, which rises higher than the castle’s mound. His viewpoint is towards the castle to the east, with the village beyond to the south-east. There is a brief continuation showing the parish church on folio 1 verso opposite (D08808). A view of the castle and village from this side of the castle’s mound itself is on folio 7 recto (D08814); for other drawings of the site, see the entry for folio 17 recto (D08826).
William Daniell’s 1823 aquatint of Corfe Castle from his Voyage Round Great Britain shows the castle from a comparable angle, but from higher on the hill, giving a dramatic bird’s-eye effect (Tate impression: T02979).
Technical notes:
A tear has been repaired on the right-hand edge.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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