Joseph Mallord William Turner

Herstmonceux Castle

1810

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 200 x 311 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10324
Turner Bequest CXXXVIII 5

Catalogue entry

Perhaps a right-hand page of the sketchbook, as there are stitch holes on the left.
This view of the entrance front of Herstmonceux Castle was adopted for the watercolour made for John Fuller (private collection)1 and engraved (in open etching only) by William Bernard Cooke in 1820, and not published. It has been claimed that the watercolour is dated 18172 but as noted by Eric Shanes it is only signed and likely to be earlier, based on Turner’s visit in 1810. The watercolour follows the drawing quite closely but enlarges the castle. It includes the cattle noted here by Turner, but shows only four. For the castle, see notes to the drawings in the Herstmonceux and Pevensey sketchbook (especially Tate D05656; Turner Bequest XCI 39), perhaps made several years earlier.
The leaf listed separately by Finberg as ‘Page 6’ from this sketchbook is now combined with the present one.
1
Wilton 1979, p.348 no.429.
2
Ibid.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
April 2011

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