Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bowes Castle

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25820
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 30 a

Catalogue entry

This view of Bowes Castle was made from just across the River Greta, directly to the south. The castle stands at the top of a low hill and to its right is the Church of St Giles. In the left foreground the rapidly flowing water shows where Mill Force enters the Greta, and the mill is shown at the right. Turner’s next sketch on folio 31 (D25821) was made from just east of the mill and was used as the basis of his vignette illustration to volume 9 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works: Bowes Tower circa 1832 (watercolour, Bowes Museum).1

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.429 no.1087.

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