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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Recto:
Cockermouth Castle: the North Curtain Walls from across the River Derwent 1809
D07555
Turner Bequest CX 16
Pencil on white laid paper, 116 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘16’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CX 16’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Cockermouth Castle and Turner’s views in this sketchbook see Introduction. Here the view is across the Derwent towards 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. Turner has now found the basis of his picture Cockermouth Castle (Tate T03879; displayed at Petworth House)1 but he went on to make a more careful and developed drawing in his Petworth sketchbook (Tate D07536; Turner Bequest CIX 24) which must have served as his working study. Other views of the same side of the castle from more wooded vantage points are folios 17 and 18 of the present sketchbook (D07556, D07557).
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.77 no.108 (pl.115).
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David Blayney Brown
August 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Cockermouth Castle: the North Curtain Walls 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, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-cockermouth-castle-the-north-curtain-walls-from-across-the-r1135671, accessed 23 August 2017.