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Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is one of seven studies of the castle, all in this book; the others are on folios 72 recto, 73 recto, 75 recto, 76 recto, 77 recto and 78 recto (D00977, D00978, D00980–D00983; Turner Bequest XXXIV 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 74). As Finberg noted, this is the subject on which a watercolour commissioned by one or other of the Lascelleses is based,1 as recorded by Turner inside the front cover of this book. It left the Harewood collection in the mid-nineteenth century, and David Hill supposes that it formed a companion to the view of Harewood Castle from the north2 still in the house. See also note on the verso below. Turner’s note in the top right-hand corner of the sheet refers to the cross placed in the window at the centre of the left-hand facing wall. He made sure to depict the ‘sky thro’ in his finished watercolour. A small oil painting of the same subject has recently been discovered;3 although its authorship has been contested, it is clearly by Turner himself. It is in a private collection.
Inscribed by Turner ‘Wm Blake’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. As Finberg observes,1 this inscription refers to Turner’s pupil William Blake of Newhouse and not the famous visionary poet and painter. Turner executed a small version of the subject on the recto for Blake; it was later in the collection of Holbrook Gaskell.2