Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pevensey Village and Castle

c.1806–10

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05630
Turner Bequest XCI 13

Catalogue entry

The subject is certainly Pevensey, from the north. St Nicholas’s Church can be seen on the left. In a series of views running to folio 21 of the sketchbook (D05638) Turner surveys Pevensey Castle from different angles. The castle (in the care of English Heritage) originated in a Roman shore fort and was enlarged in the century following the Norman Conquest. It was one of the subjects Turner painted in watercolour for John Fuller (private collection),1 referring to his Views in Sussex sketchbook (Tate D10326; Turner Bequest CXXXVIII 7).
1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, pp.348–9 no.431.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
March 2011

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