Joseph Mallord William Turner

Corfe Castle: The Castle from the North

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
D08811
Turner Bequest CXXIV 4

Catalogue entry

The castle is seen from lower ground to the north, with Corfe Castle village hidden beyond. From the relative angles of the keep and towers, the drawing appears to have been made from slightly east of that on folio 3 recto (D08810). The National Trust visitor centre now stands in the valley of the Corfe River in the foreground. A similar viewpoint today is from across the level crossing over the Norden to Swanage railway line behind the centre, but as the line cuts into the lower slope of East Hill on the left it is difficult to judge Turner’s exact position.
For the various other drawings of the castle and village, see the entry for folio 17 recto (D08826).
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
February 2011

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