Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hermitage Castle, Lidderdale

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25887
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 64

Catalogue entry

This is one of several sketches of Hermitage Castle from the south-east. The view is similar to folio 63 verso (D25886), though it brings us closer to the castle and to the Hermitage Water. There is a detailed drawing of the castle from this angle on folio 64 verso (D25888), which more clearly demonstrates the damage to the eastern elevation.
There are sketches of the castle on folios 63 verso–67 and 68 verso (D25886–D25893, D25896). Despite Finberg’s suggestion that the present page was the basis for Turner’s illustration of Hermitage Castle circa 1832 (watercolour, private collection) for Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works,1 the work was clearly based on the sketch on folio 67.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1077.

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