Joseph Mallord William Turner

Okehampton Castle from the South

1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09814
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 22

Catalogue entry

Okehampton Castle, seen here to the north from the West Okement Valley, was built soon after the Norman Conquest and developed further in the fourteenth century,1 comprising a keep on a mound or motte with a complex of other stone buildings on a bailey to the north-east; the ruins appear much as they did in Turner’s time. The castle stands on the edge of Dartmoor beside the West Okement River, on the outskirts of the town of Okehampton, which is situated just downstream to the north.
There are other views of Okehampton and its castle on folios 50 recto, 51 recto, 60 recto, 61 recto, 62 recto, 63 recto and 64 recto (D09854, D09821, D09871, D09815, D09868, D09816, D09872; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 56, 29, 70, 23, 67, 24, 71), and probably also on 65 recto (D09797; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 8). There are also numerous studies in the Devon Rivers, No.1 sketchbook, probably in use at the same time; see under Tate D09526 (Turner Bequest CXXXII 43).
1
See [Katy Carter (ed.)], Heritage Unlocked: Guide to Free [English Heritage] Sites in Devon, Dorset and Somerset, London 2004, p.89.
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Matthew Imms
July 2014

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