Joseph Mallord William Turner

Beaumaris Castle: Part of the Walls, with the Menai Strait Beyond

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 225 × 329 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01914
Turner Bequest XLV 3

Catalogue entry

This is a somewhat more detailed drawing of part of Beaumaris than the very slight and interrupted sketch on the preceding leaf, folio 2 recto (D01913). Turner has included at the right of his view a quick outline indication of the rocky coast of the North Welsh mainland, stretching away towards Penmaenmawr. The rather perfunctory records in this book are the only evidence we have for his visit; but he was to include a distant view of Beaumaris in his series of watercolour designs for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California),1 which was engraved in 1836 (Tate impressions: T04604, T05099, T06119).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.401 no.865, reproduced.
Verso:
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Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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