Joseph Mallord William Turner

Elevations of Lydford Castle

1814

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 × 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40824

Catalogue entry

These diagrammatic notations of the fenestration of the four sides of Lydford Castle were not recorded in Finberg’s Inventory.1 In fact, the corners rather than the sides of the keep are aligned with the cardinal points, so Turner’s ‘N’, ‘W’, ‘S’ and ‘E’ views are actually of the north-west, south-west, south-east and north-east fronts respectively. Parts of the regular crenellation have since been lost. For other views around Lydford, see under folio 28 recto (D09510).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.373.

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