Joseph Mallord William Turner

Corfe Castle from the South

1811

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 × 209 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08827
Turner Bequest CXXIV 18

Catalogue entry

The castle is viewed from north-west of the village square. It can still be seen from a similar angle through trees beside the Purbeck Way footpath below the castle from the corner of the square, although the relative elevations of the towers suggest that Turner was on higher ground, now private gardens further back from the path.1
There is a similar view from a little to the east on folio 17 recto (D08826), where the tilted tower in the right foreground in the present sketch consequently appears towards the left. See the entry for D08826 for Turner’s various other drawings of the castle and village.
1
See modern photograph in Hanley 1992, p.23 ‘Cat.18’.
Verso:
Blank, with irregular brown spotting.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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