Joseph Mallord William TurnerPrudhoe Castle and Ovingham from the Tyne Valley 1817

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Artist
Title
Prudhoe Castle and Ovingham from the Tyne Valley
From Durham, North Shore, Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLVII
Date 1817
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 116 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12419
Turner Bequest CLVII 79
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 79 Recto:
Prudhoe Castle and Ovingham from the Tyne Valley 1817
D12419
Turner Bequest CLVII 79
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘79’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CLVII – 79’ top left, upside down
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is part of a two-page sketch, continuing to the right on folio 78 verso opposite (D12418) towards the church at Ovingham. Turner’s focus in the present half is Prudhoe Castle, with Orchard Hill to its left, seen to the south-west across the River Tyne from the north bank near the Hermitage on the road between Wylam and Ovingham. The broad southern bank below the castle is now heavily industrialised and flanked by the Newcastle to Carlisle railway.
There are other views of the castle from across the Tyne on folios 77 verso–78 recto, 79 verso–80 recto and 80 verso–81 recto (D12416, D12417, D12420–D12423), and from close up on folios 89 verso, 90 verso, 91 verso, 92 verso and 93 verso (D12440, D12442, D12444, D12446, D12448). For the history of the building and Turner’s later watercolour, see the entry for D12417.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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