Joseph Mallord William TurnerDunstanborough Castle c.1798-1800

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Dunstanborough Castle
Date c.1798-1800
MediumBodycolour, graphite, watercolour and scratching out on paper
Dimensionssupport: 349 x 483 mm
Collection
Turner Worldwide
Reference
TW0678
Wilton 284

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Following in his friend Girtin's footsteps, Turner visited Dunstanburgh a year later in 1797, on his own Northern Tour. Although he saw Dunstanburgh only once, it had a profound effect on him, and he produced numerous images of the castle throughout his career. In this watercolour from the 1790s, the Picturesque response to Britain's ruined castles and abbeys gives way to a new Romantic vision of the struggle of man and his architectural creations against the elements.

Text kindly provided by owning institution 2003

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