Joseph Mallord William TurnerGoodrich Castle, with the River Wye in the Foreground 1795

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Goodrich Castle, with the River Wye in the Foreground
From South Wales Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXVI
Date 1795
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 203 x 264 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXVI 56
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 55 Recto:
Goodrich Castle, with the River Wye in the Foreground 1795
Turner Bequest XXVI 56
Pencil on white wove paper, 203 x 264 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Goodrich Castle’ bottom right
Inscribed by A.J. Finberg in red ink ‘56’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXVI 56’ bottom left, descending vertically
For another view of Goodrich Castle see folio 29 recto (D00581; Turner Bequest XXVI 28). The castle was one of the most celebrated features of the scenery of the River Wye, and had been singled out for special attention by the Rev. William Gilpin (1724–1804) in his influential Observations on the River Wye: And Several Parts of South Wales ... Made in the Summer of the Year 1770 (1782). It is therefore surprising that Turner made only these two drawings of it on this tour, and never, as far as is known, executed a watercolour view of it.
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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