Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Ruined Castle on a Hill Overlooking a Wooded River Valley

c.1820–40

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 228 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34123
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 399

Catalogue entry

Finberg tentatively suggested the setting as English, which is not unlikely, and placed it somewhat arbitrarily in a large ‘Miscellaneous: black and white’ grouping dated between about 1830 and 1841.1 This rural scene with what appears to be a prominent defensive ruin has since eluded identification and further comment. It was presumably drawn directly during an unidentified tour, and is placed in the present section and given the widest date range assigned to other works here pending further investigation, although it could well be earlier.
The reproduction shows the lower half of the once folded sheet only, the upper being blank; the half with the drawing measures 114 x 184 mm.
1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.1091.
Verso:
Blank, with slight staining; inscribed in pencil ‘CCCXLI 399’ top right, ascending vertically, and ‘399’ bottom left, upside down.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

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