J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cockermouth Castle: the North Curtain Wall from across the River Derwent 1809

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Cockermouth Castle: the North Curtain Wall from across the River Derwent 1809
D07536
Turner Bequest CIX 24
Pencil on white wove paper, 229 x 375 mm
Stamped in black ‘CIX 24’ bottom right corner
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Cockermouth Castle and views from this sketchbook see Introduction. The view is across the Derwent to the Lands and the north curtain wall of the castle, with the outer gatehouse at left, the kitchen tower at centre and the round (archers’) tower at right. This drawing is a more finished version of one in the Cockermouth sketchbook (Tate D07555; Turner Bequest CX 16). As Butlin and Joll observe, of all the drawings this is the closest to Turner’s painting Cockermouth Castle (Tate T0387; displayed at Petworth House),1 exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1810. It is certainly much nearer to the composition than D07526; Turner Bequest CIX 14 from the same sketchbook, which Finberg identifies as the study for it.
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.77 no.108 (pl.115).
Verso:
Blank. Laid down.

David Blayney Brown
August 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Cockermouth Castle: the North Curtain Wall from across the River Derwent 1809 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-cockermouth-castle-the-north-curtain-wall-from-across-the-r1135650, accessed 24 April 2014.