Joseph Mallord William Turner

Conwy: The Castle from the East

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
D01306
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 52

Catalogue entry

Turner seems to have made several finished watercolours based on this drawing, among them one currently untraced1 and another in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.2 A large watercolour is now in the Getty Museum, San Francisco;3 see f.82 (Tate D01305; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 51) above. An oil painting4 makes use of this drawing among others. The complete sequence of Conwy views in this book is on the rectos of folios 80–86 (D01303–D01306, D01336, D01307, D01308; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 50, 50a, 51, 52, 82, 53, 54).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.329 no.269.
2
Ibid., p.330 no.271, reproduced.
3
Ibid., pp.329–30 no.270, reproduced.
4
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.107–8 no.141, pl.146 (colour).
Verso:
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Revd Mr Lancaster | 45 Gower Street’, ‘Barrington [or ‘Bannister’]’, ‘Revd Mr Dunford 10.6 [or ‘G’] -’ | Sandleford near Newbury’, ‘8 Miles S. from Reading’ and ‘Revd Mr Ogle Aldermaston’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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