Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Studies of the Tower of Dolbadarn Castle in a Landscape Setting

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 549 x 758 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40546

Catalogue entry

It seems that Turner made these studies, one superimposed on the other, in front of the motif, presumably as preparation for a watercolour of the kind he actually produced on the recto (Tate D04177; Turner Bequest LXX Z). They were not noted in Finberg’s Inventory.1
The character of the pencil work, with its careful delineation of features of the rock on which the tower stands, corresponds more closely to that of his sketchbook drawings than the generalised indications that underlie many of these large colour studies. See also Tate D41489 for another pencil study made on the spot on the back of one of these large watercolour studies, in that instance Tate D04176 (Turner Bequest LXX Y).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.177.

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