Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prudhoe Castle from the South-East


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 116 x 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLVII 90 a

Catalogue entry

The block to the right of the centre is Prudhoe’s gatehouse, seen from the south-east; the surviving turret of the keep rises beyond to its left. The small building in the foreground appears to be the old castle mill, now ruined. This side of the site is now largely screened by trees. There is a similar view from a little nearer to the castle on folio 93 verso (D12448). An ink wash study, from a similar angle but with more of the keep still standing, is among Northumberland views made in about 1778 by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (British Library, London, Additional MS 15543).1
There are views of the castle from across the River Tyne on folios 77 verso–78 recto, 78 verso–79 recto, 79 verso–80 recto and 80 verso–81 recto (D12416–D12423), and others from close up on folios 89 verso, 91 verso and 92 verso (D12440, D12444, D12446). For the history of the building and Turner’s later watercolour, see the entry for D12417.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

‘Prudhoe Castle f.71’, British Library Online Gallery, accessed 10 February 2010,

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