Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berry Pomeroy Castle

1811

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08630
Turner Bequest CXXIII 139

Catalogue entry

The ruined castle is seen from the north-east, showing the range above the North Terrace from near the mill pond in the valley of the Gatcombe Brook which skirts the north side of the castle.1 Strokes in the foreground indicate a structure, perhaps a sluice or ‘mill dam’ as noted by Turner on folio 145 recto (D08636; CXXIII 142) regulating the flow from the pond to the stream.
For a discussion of Berry Pomeroy and other studies in this sketchbook, see the entry for folio 141 recto (D08628; CXXIII 138).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

1
See local map, castle plan and ‘old print’ from a similar viewpoint in Deryck Seymour and Jack Hazzard, Berry Pomeroy Castle, Torquay 1982, pp.14, 18, 168 respectively.

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