Joseph Mallord William Turner

Donnington Castle: The Ruined Gatehouse

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01466
Turner Bequest XL 3 a

Catalogue entry

The composition is continued on folio 4 recto opposite (D01467). This is a notably careful drawing, with a very refined application of grey wash. Donnington, a fortified manor house just north of Newbury, Berkshire, is close to the road Turner would have taken on his way to Bristol. The twin-towered gatehouse is almost all that has survived of the structure. Turner made use of his study for a watercolour (private collection),1 engraved for William Byrne’s Britannia Depicta, issued between 1802 and 1810 (Tate impressions: T05946, T05947). The print is lettered ‘Donnington Castle, taken from a Field adjoining the Road to East Ilsley, from Newbury’.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.335 no.311.

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