Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dover Castle

c.1821–2

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17246
Turner Bequest CXCVIII 23 a

Catalogue entry

Made across this and the facing page on folio 24 recto (D17247), this drawing describes Dover Castle and its surrounding buildings. Finberg was reluctant to choose between Rochester and Dover, although he too recognised the form of a castle.1
The present page demonstrates some of the peripheral land as it slopes towards and then drops away into ramparts and ditches. The pencil lines are clean and sure, with some brief areas of hatching. For a description of the Castle itself in this sketch, see the entry for the facing page.
For further information about the role of Dover and its Castle in this sketchbook and elsewhere in Turner’s oeuvre, see the entry for folio 24 recto (D17247).

Maud Whatley
January 2016

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.604.

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