Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Scarborough Castle from the South-West

c.1816–18

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11940
Turner Bequest CL 21

Catalogue entry

Turner’s viewpoint in this sketch is the Malton and York road above the Weaponness Valley, a half mile or so south-west of the present railway station and north of Scarborough Mere. Turner sketched almost exactly the same view (with slightly more clarity of arrangement) in the Devonshire Rivers 3, Yorkshire, Wharfedale sketchbook (Tate D09866; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 65) possibly on the same expedition, and with almost exactly the same inscriptions. Another sketch in the present sketchbook (D11931; Turner Bequest CL 14) records a view nearby, and was probably made in sequence. Turner also recorded almost exactly the same view in the Scarborough 2 sketchbook (Tate D11972; Turner Bequest CLI 18), the first of a sequence in that sketchbook exploring the valley downstream to the shore of the south bay.
A tear at the right edge of this sheet has been repaired.
Verso:
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David Hill
September 2008

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