Joseph Mallord William Turner

Warkworth: Looking towards the Castle across the River Coquet, with the Bridge at the Right

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00948
Turner Bequest XXXIV 41

Catalogue entry

In Nikolaus Pevsner’s judgment Warkworth with ‘its bridge, its bridge-tower, then Bridge Street at an angle joining the main street, up a hill to the towering, sharply cut block of the keep, is one of the most exciting sequences of views one can have in England.’1 With the page turned horizontally, Turner crams this series of architectural events into a single composition by standing below the bridge and looking past its series of arches to the town and castle, with its late fourteenth-century central donjon, ‘one of the rare cases where the military engineer happened to be a great architect’.2 Other drawings of Warkworth castle are on folios 40 recto, 41 recto and 42 recto (D00945–D00947; Turner Bequest XXXIV 38, 39, 40).
1
Nikolaus Pevsner, Ian Richmond and others, Northumberland, The Buildings of England, revised ed., New Haven and London 2002, p.611.
2
Ibid., p.617.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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