View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
This is an exceptionally bold lay-in, which does not seem to depend on any drawing of Turner’s, although he certainly visited Denbigh on his 1798 tour to Wales (see the North Wales sketchbook; Tate D01389; Turner Bequest XXXIX 34), and possibly returned there in 1799. The present author has suggested that he may have made use of a published view of Denbigh Castle Gatehouse by Moses Griffith, which appeared in Thomas Pennant’s Journey to Snowdon (1781), facing page 36.1
Wilton 1984, p.68.
The sheet has been folded horizontally and vertically, and is stained and torn.