Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tonbridge Castle, Kent: Gilbert de Clare and the Keep from the Moat

1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 258 x 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05361
Turner Bequest LXXXVI 8

Catalogue entry

With a view of Somer Hill near Tonbridge on folio 19 (D05375), this is evidence of Turner’s likely use of this sketchbook in 1810. That summer he probably visited Somer Hill on his way to Sussex to visit his patron John Fuller at Rosehill Park. This sketch of Tonbridge Castle is taken from across the moat, beneath the wooded mound with the ruins of the castle keep, connected by a rampart to the thirteenth-century gatehouse known as Gilbert de Clare. See Introduction to this sketchbook for the suggestion that Turner took the sketchbook with him to Kent and Sussex in 1810 to collect more material for his harvest pictures, Harvest Home and Cassiobury Park; Reaping (Tate N00562, N04663).1
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.128 nos. 209, 209a (pls.208, 209).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
December 2009

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