Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bolton Castle, Wensleydale, from the West

1816

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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
D11468
Turner Bequest CXLVII 17

Catalogue entry

Bolton Castle is at the village of Castle Bolton on the north flank of Wensleydale about two miles north-east of Aysgarth. The castle was built in the years 1379–99 by Sir Richard Le Scrope, Lord Chancellor of England, and is famous as the site of the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots in 1569. It has since descended through the Lords Bolton, and is today opened to the public.
Here, Turner shows its western flank, with the tower of Castle Bolton Church immediately left of the castle and the entrance stairway to the right leading to the base of the south-west tower. He sketched a similar view in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11249; Turner Bequest CXLV 124a), which accompanied him on the same tour.

David Hill
February 2009

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