Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Donat’s: The Castle, Church and Watchtower Seen from the North

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 290 x 464 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01653
Turner Bequest XLI 22

Catalogue entry

A finished watercolour based on this drawing was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1801 (currently untraced).1 In it the castle buildings are relegated to the background, while the foreground landscape takes the form of an elegantly balanced design in the manner of Claude Lorrain (1604/5–1682).2
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.331 no.279, reproduced; see also Andrew Wilton, Turner in Wales, exhibition catalogue, Mostyn Art Gallery, Llandudno 1984, p.71 no.101, reproduced.
2
See Butlin 1975, p.48, and Wilton 1975, p.66; and in general Ian Warrell and others, Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery, London 2012.
Technical notes:
There is some damage to the sheet at the bottom centre. There are blue and sienna colour trials at the bottom left.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘no no’; not stamped. The sheet has been recently backed with tissue paper.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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