Joseph Mallord William Turner

Streatlam Castle; with Architectural Details


On loan

Glamis Castle (Forfar, UK): Streatlam Castle - Recapturing the Home of John and Josephine Bowes

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 232 x 328 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLVI 30 a

Catalogue entry

Isolated architectural features and corresponding pencil notes run across half the width of the page from the left-hand edge, the relative positions given here being within that half: two rusticated pillars of the bridge with ‘12 | [?Balustrades] to | Bridge’ above and ‘Band’ below, centre left; further rustication towards lower left labelled ‘11 | Bands to | the strings of | Greek <and> key stone | 9 below’; separate sketches of an urn and a baluster at bottom left; a profile of the conspicuously rusticated façade of the house running down the top two-thirds of the page to the right of the notes already mentioned, with notes on the number of bands and partial studies of the windows: ‘[?upper]’, ‘cornice’, ‘9’, ‘4’, ‘10’, ‘4’, ‘12’; a small sketch of a baluster at the top centre labelled ‘[?83½]’; a detail of the pedimented front door to the right of centre labelled ‘5 [?Balustrades] over doorway | vase over [?spout] and [... ?covering] w front’ above and ‘W Door’ on the door itself; a detail of one of the blind shell-headed niches on the inner faces of the wings flanking the front of the house, towards bottom right, labelled ‘[... ?headed | shell]’ and ‘side windows [?1] Stone Band only’; a small detail of moulding at top right labelled ‘chimneys’; two cupolas (or the same drawn twice?) at centre right, the one on the left labelled ‘octagon’ below, and the other inscribed ‘w’.
The rest of the page is occupied by a continuation of the main drawing of the house and the bridge leading to it on folio 4 recto opposite (D12314; CLVI 31). There are further double-page drawings of Streatlam on folios 4 verso–5 recto and 5 verso–6 recto (D12315–D12317, D12264; CLVI 31a–32, 32a–3).

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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