Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscriptions by Turner and Another Hand: A Welsh Itinerary and Notes


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 264 × 203 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

The whole page is taken up with the following notes in pen and ink. Turner’s pencil annotations are indicated in italics:
          To Margam a Seat of Mr Talbot 3 Miles 
An Abbey Chapter House. The Church & Monuments – An Old Saxon Cross 
in the Village          part of the Chapter House fallen 
          To Aberavon 3 Miles.           since 1795 
View the Copper Works’                         Inn 
1 mile from To Neath by Breton Ferry 6 Miles Neath Castle   X 
Neath Abbey 
Very fine Views along the Shores. – See the Cascade at Melincourt 7 Miles 
up the Neath River return by the Turpike [sic] Road which leads from Neath 
to Brecknock. – 
          To Aberdyllis 2 ½ Miles from Neath 
Rocks & Water fall well worth attention – Neath Abbey. one mile 
in the road  To Swansea 9 Miles’ Mackworth Arms 
Nothing is Mentioned but the ruins of an Old Castle 
          To Morris Town 2 Miles above Swansea 
The Turnpike Rd. crosses the River Tawy over a very fine Bridge 
          To Pont Aberdules 10 Miles 
Here ends the County of Glamorgan. No Particular curiosity is mentioned 
          To Kidwelly 14 Miles.  
Ruin of a Castle worth notice and the Church 
Kidwelly to Larn Ferry 4 Miles 
Larn to     To Carmarthen 9 Miles} remains of a Castle 
Llanstephan To St Clear – 9 Miles} No mention is made of the Antiquities 
5 Miles along                         of either of these Places. Here 
the Shore     To Tenby 20 Miles Walls X White Lyon Inn 
before you visit Tenby view the Castles at Lanstephan & Laugharn (Larn)  
as it is calld. Llanstephan Castle stands at the entrance of the River Towy.  
at Tenby view the Cliffs, Caverns, Rocks, Islands &c. &c.  
          To Pembroke 10 Miles.’ Manorbeir Castle 
                                 2 Miles from Tenby 
Carew Castle, the Woods of Lawrenny form some of the Views exhibited on 
the Road – at Lantphey Village there is the Ruins of a Bishops Palace 
Pembroke Castle round Tower. Carew 2 Miles from Pembroke 
This itinerary of a South Welsh tour begins on the inside of the front cover opposite (D40553), and continues on the verso, concluding on the recto of the second flyleaf (D40555, D40556). Turner’s annotation, ‘part of the Chapter House fallen since 1795’, is evidence of his wish to ensure that the information he collected for future use in viewmaking was correct.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.489 no.169a, reproduced.

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