Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wenvoe Castle, Glamorgan, from the South-West

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 296 x 462 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01654
Turner Bequest XLI 23

Catalogue entry

Although Finberg suggests ‘Powis Castle, near Welshpool’,1 this drawing certainly depicts Wenvoe Castle, south of Cardiff. The house was designed by Robert Adam for Peter Birt and built, perhaps by Henry Holland, about 1780. Turner has made a slight study of architectural detail, perhaps relating to a building in the park, in the blank space at the upper right. There is no evidence that he had received a commission to paint a ‘portrait’ of the house.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.98.
Technical notes:
The upper left corner of the sheet has been torn and made up,
Verso:
Blank; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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