Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dunstanburgh Castle: The Lilburn Tower with the Sea Beyond


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 210 × 270 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXIV 46 a

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Turner incised the leather cover of this book with a list of the areas he had covered on his tour: 'Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, Tweedale, Scotld, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire'. The subjects recorded in this book were chiefly architectural in character, in contrast with the lakeland landscapes in the larger book. Of the existing ninety-five pages, only eight subjects are treated in colour. A list inside the front cover reveals that in the months following the tour Turner collected commissions for nine watercolours from five different collectors. However, over the next fifty years, he returned to the book repeatedly in order to produce more than thirty works, in watercolour and oil, based on this material.

Gallery label, August 2004

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