Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dover Castle from the North

c.1821–2

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17288
Turner Bequest CXCVIII 48 a

Catalogue entry

Continuing a sequence of studies of the site, across this and the facing page on folio 49 recto (D17289) Turner makes a detailed and expansive study of Dover Castle from the north.1 To the left of the distinctive tower is the Anglo-Saxon church of St Mary in Castro and the neighbouring ruined Roman lighthouse. The successive rings of defensive walls around the great tower are clearly visible, and Turner has carefully noted windows in some of them. The foreground is less detailed, comprised of hatching and vague linear indications to evoke the ditches which encircle the site. For further examples of the castle in the present sketchbook see a comprehensive list in the entry for folio 24 recto (D17247). For a more general survey of studies made at Dover, see the entry for folio 71 verso (D17329).

Maud Whatley
January 2016

1
Finberg,1909, I, p.605.

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