Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Castle of Blâmont 1802

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The Castle of Blâmont
From Rhine, Strassburg and Oxford Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXVII
Date 1802
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 154 x 240 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXVII 9
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
The Castle of Blâmont 1802
Turner Bequest LXXVII 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 154 x 240 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Blamont’
Stamped in black ‘LXXVII – 9’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The ruined castle here, with its donjon and curtain walls, is clearly that of Blâmont between Lunéville and Nancy. Returning home across France, Turner passed it on his way to Nancy, for which see folio11 of this sketchbook (D04746), as he did also the nearby town of St Nicolas-de-Port, for which see folio 10 (D04745). Thus the sequence of this group of drawings, fortuitously or not, presumably follows the original despite the later rebinding of the book.

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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