Joseph Mallord William Turner

Caerphilly Castle: the North Wall, with the Postern and West Tower

1798

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 x 174 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01680
Turner Bequest XLII 5

Catalogue entry

The sketch was made with the page turned horizontally. Other drawings of Caerphilly in this book are on folios 1 verso–2 recto and 31 verso–32 recto (D01677–D01678, D01737–D01738; Turner Bequest XLII 2–3, 62–63). Three larger studies are in the 1798 Cyfarthfa sketchbook (Tate D01636, D01637, D01639; Turner Bequest XLI 8, 9, 10a). The number of drawings of the castle no doubt reflects the fact that Turner had been commissioned to make a view of it by a Mr Blackshaw, as recorded in a note on the flyleaf of the contemporary Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01249; Turner Bequest XXXVIII, opposite inside back cover).

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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