Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cilgerran Castle: Distant View, Looking Upstream

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: 229 × 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01281
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 29

Catalogue entry

The prominent building in the left foreground is probably a mill. Finberg suggested that the oil painting that Turner exhibited in 1799, Kilgarran Castle on the Twyvey, Hazy Sunrise, previous to a Sultry Day (National Trust),1 was based on this drawing,2 though Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll cite the watercolour study on folio 37 recto (D01342; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 88) as the primary model. Other views of Cilgerran are on the rectos of folios 38, 39 and 40 (D01279, D01280, D01354; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 28, 28a, 100).
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.8–9 no. 11, pl.9 (colour).
2
Finberg 1909, I, p.85.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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