Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castle on Sea Coast, possibly at Walmer

c.1822–3

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 257 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17729
Turner Bequest CCII 10

Catalogue entry

Here Turner renders the silhouetted profile of a fortification on a headland and coast beyond with a remarkable economy of means. This is an instantaneous and fluid recording of form, a pictorial jotting. Similar handling can be found in Turner’s Skies sketchbook of about 1816–8 (Tate D12450–D12526; Turner Bequest CLVIII 2–69.
According to the Turner scholar Eric Shanes, this drawing formed the basis of a loose watercolour study of Walmer Castle, near Deal, Kent, of about 1825 (Tate D25477; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 354).1 Turner took pencil sketches of what is believed to be either Walmer in the Holland sketchbook of 1825 (Tate D19392–D19396; Turner Bequest CCXIV 278a–280a).
1
Shanes 1997, p.61, no.43.
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Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

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