Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bolton Castle and Castle Bolton Church, Wensleydale, from the North-East

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 × 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11469
Turner Bequest CXLVII 18

Catalogue entry

For Bolton Castle in this sketchbook see folio 17 recto (D11468). Here, Turner shows the north-east corner, with Castle Bolton Church in the foreground, continued to the left in a few lines on D40840, opposite. The north-east tower of the castle is missing. It collapsed on the evening of 19 November 1761, reportedly from damage sustained in the seventeenth century, during the Civil War.
Turner sketched similar views in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11252, D11251; Turner Bequest CXLV 126, 125a; drawn in this order), which accompanied him on the same tour.

David Hill
February 2009

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