After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Tintagel Castle 1818

Artwork details

Date 1818
Medium Intaglio print on paper
Dimensions Image: 162 x 241 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1988
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The text accompanying this plate describes how the ‘rocks on this part of the coast give rise to a great height, and present objects of awful contemplation’. The legendary castle, fabled home of King Arthur, appears precipitously placed, high above the treacherous sea and rocks. The small figures of men hauling up a boat with a windlass seem vulnerable and dwarfed by the harsh landscape and wild elements. By using dramatic shifts in dark shadows and white highlights the engraver has instilled the view with an eerie, sublime atmosphere and infused the ruined castle in a ghostly, pale light.

September 2004

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