Joseph Mallord William Turner

Llanstephan Castle by Moonlight, with a Kiln in the Foreground

c.1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 213 x 281 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00689
Turner Bequest XXVIII D

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Turner’s tours of Britain in the 1790s led him to explore the pictorial potential of a wide variety of themes. This watercolour was based on sketches Turner made on his tour of South Wales in 1795. Modern industry, in the form of a lime kiln in the foreground, is set against ancient heritage, represented in the silhouetted ruins of Llanstephan Castle. This was a device Turner used in many of his landscape views, presenting a vision of Britain as a place at once historic and modern.

Gallery label, September 2004

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