Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hylton Castle from Hylton Dene

1817

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12274
Turner Bequest CLVI 9

Catalogue entry

Hylton Castle is seen as a blank silhouette on the horizon to the west-north-west up Hylton Dene. There is a smaller, wider view from a similar angle, also showing the Wear Valley to the south, on folio 11 verso opposite (D12273; Turner Bequest CLVI 8a), together with a detailed sketch of this side of the castle and its nearby chapel. Now surrounded by housing and industrial estates, the dene itself remains a combination of woods and fields. There are further studies on folios 12 verso and 13 recto (D12275, D12276; CLVI 9a, 10). See the entry for folio 13 recto and the introduction to the tour for more on the history of the site.
Technical notes:
The pencil number ‘9’ may obscure or reinforce John Ruskin’s customary red ink foliation, which is evident only faintly and intermittently in this much-rearranged book (see the sketchbook introduction).

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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