Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hylton Castle from Hylton Dene


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 232 x 328 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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