Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dartmouth Castle

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08785
Turner Bequest CXXIII 237

Catalogue entry

Dartmouth Castle and the tower of St Petrox’s Church are shown on the west bank of the Dart Estuary, looking south-east towards the Kingswear side. There are related views on folios 2 verso, 3 recto and 238 verso (D08365, D08366, D08783); other Dartmouth views are discussed under the second of these. There is a view towards Dartmouth on the verso (D08786; CXXIII 237a).
The present sketch, with its more detailed treatment of the castle’s stonework, appears to have been used along with the one on folio 3 recto for the watercolour Dartmouth Castle, on the River Dart (Tate D18137; Turner Bequest CCVIII D),1 engraved for the Rivers of England series in 1824.
1
Wilton 1979, p.385 no.737, reproduced; unspecified ‘[s]tudies of Dartmouth Castle’ in this sketchbook and elsewhere are mentioned.
Technical notes:
The next leaf (preceding what is now folio 241 recto; D08787; CXXIII 238) has been torn out, leaving a narrow, irregular, unaccessioned blank stub. Its extraction slightly damaged the present page along the gutter at the head of the book (at the top right in relation to the drawing).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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