Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Tywi (Towy) Estuary with Llanstephan Castle

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01278
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 27

Catalogue entry

This drawing was made slightly closer to the coast than that on folio 35 recto (D01277; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 26). A further view of this subject is the rapid study, perhaps made with a composition in mind, in the Dynevor Castle sketchbook (Tate D01574–D01575; Turner Bequest XL 65a, 66).
Verso:
Blank; there are watercolour washes along the inner and bottom edges of the sheet, presumably from the drawing on the next page, which if correctly identified and bound in place now is folio 37 recto (D01342; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 88); a streak of blue colour; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. Finberg noted a leaf ‘with watercolour on it torn out here’ and suggested that it may have been D01331 (Turner Bequest XXXVIII 77),1 which has since been bound in as folio 32 recto.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.85; see also p.88.

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