Joseph Mallord William Turner

General View of Carew Castle from the North


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Graphite on paper
Support: 203 x 264 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXVI 25

Catalogue entry

Carew is among the finest castles of Wales, yet it receives only a cursory mention in the itinerary at the front of this book (D40554), where it is said to be ‘2 Miles from Pembroke’; in fact the distance is about ten miles. This drawing was later used for a subject in the series Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Manchester Art Gallery),1 engraved in 1832. There is a copy of Turner’s pencil drawing in the Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Another study of the castle is on folio 25 recto (D00577; Turner Bequest XXVI 24), and on folio 27 recto (D00579; XXVI 26) Turner made a drawing of the castle mill.
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Wilton 1979, pp.399–400 no.851, reproduced.
Technical notes:
The sheet is discoloured from prolonged display.
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘176 [‘I’ or ‘J’]’ | ‘Next to “Carew Castle Mill” in book | 798’; and, in another hand in pencil ‘2’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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