Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bowes Castle


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 31 a

Catalogue entry

From the road just south of Gilmonby Bridge near Gilmonby Hall, Turner made this sketch of the village of Bowes with the castle and Church of St Giles. The road is shown in the right foreground making a serpentine bend as it crosses the bridge over the River Greta. There are farm buildings on the south bank of the river at the left of the picture, and the square tower of the castle stands on a low hill above the north bank, with St Giles to its right and other buildings of Bowes village.
Emma House has suggested that this was Turner’s first sketch of the castle during this 1831 tour, although, considering his route during the visit and the order of drawings in the sketchbook, it is more likely to have been this third sketch after those on folio 30 verso and 31 (D25820, D25821).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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