Joseph Mallord William Turner

Conwy: The Castle from the North-West

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 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01303
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 50

Catalogue entry

This is one of a series of drawings of Conwy in this book; the others are on folios 81–86 (D01304–D01306, D01336, D01307, D01308; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 50a, 51, 52, 82, 53, 54). Here the viewpoint is the town foreshore, looking south-east past the castle down the estuary of the Conwy. The town and castle at Conwy are among the best preserved medieval ensembles in Britain, with Edward I’s huge fortress the focus of a tightly knit community enclosed within high walls, still almost completely intact. Turner had already made a drawing looking along the length of the walls towards the castle, possibly copying a watercolour by Edward Dayes (1763–1804) at the behest of his early patron Dr Monro; see Tate D36355 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXI M).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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