Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of Arundel

c.1824

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18419
Turner Bequest CCX 63 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has drawn a series of diminutive views of Arundel in West Sussex, each rendered with the sketchbook turned upside down. Located on the banks of the River Arun, the town is dominated by the imposing Arundel Castle, seat of the Dukes of Norfolk (see Tate D18418; Turner Bequest CCX 63). The central prospect is annotated with an inscription beginning ‘Timber Cargo’, which likely describes the transportation of wood in the carts depicted.
These sketches are associated with Turner’s watercolour designs for W.B. Cooke’s Rivers of England: Arundel Castle on the River Arun, with a Rainbow (Tate D18139; Turner Bequest CCVIII F), Arundel Castle on the River Arun (Tate D18140; Turner Bequest CCVIII G) and Arundel Castle and Town, Sussex produced for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales print series (Tate impression T06109).1
For other sketches of Arundel Castle in this book see Tate D18419–D18461; Turner Bequest CCX 63–84a. See also Tate D22819–D22820, D22847–D22848, D22881–D22884, D22887, D22900–D22901, D22936, D23002–D23010; Turner Bequest CCXLV 21a–22, 38a–39, 60a–62, 63a, 70a–71, CCXLVI 22, 86a–91.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

1
Wilton 1979, p.400 no.854; See Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Arundel Castle on the River Arun, with a Rainbow c.1824–5 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-arundel-castle-on-the-river-arun-with-a-rainbow-r1146205 and Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Arundel Castle, on the River Arun c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-arundel-castle-on-the-river-arun-r1146206.

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