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 Haverford west. 16 Miles (by water) X 
The Old Castle hardly worth notice’ [?is] Converted into a Goal [sic] 
          Picton Castle & back 10 Miles 
The Old Castle scarcely worth visiting   a Seat of Lord Minto 
          To St Davids and back 36 Miles’ no Inn 
on the Right you pass the a [sic] considerable Tower the remains of Roche Castle 
at St Brides Bay a fine Sea View. St Davids Church, The ruins of the Bishops Palace 
          To Narberth 10 Miles. 
on the Left abt 2 Miles distant stands Langhaddon Castle a considerable Ruin 
          To St Clear 13 Miles 
On coming out of Narberth you have a view of the Remains of a Castle 
all this Road is very Picturesque 
          To Carmarthen 9 Miles Ivy Bush Inn 
nothing worth visiting Caerkennan Castle 5 Miles from 
Landilo    To Landilo thro: Ld Dynevers Grounds 18 Miles 
The River Towy (which passes by Carmarthen  empties itself into the Sea at 
Lanstephan) in the middle of the Valley & on a Hill stands Druslwyn Castle 
a little farther is Grongar Hill, Newton (Lady Dinevor’s Seat) very beautiful 
          To Landovery 12 Miles 
A good Bridge, and an Old Castle.  
<X ...>   To Brecknock 20 Miles. 3 Bridges and a Castle 
X Golden Lion Inn 
fine Mountainous View along this Road. Ascend the highest Mountain 
calld the Van of the Beacon – The Priory Church at Brecknock, 
          X   To Abergavenny (by Langhors Pool) 22 Miles 
View this Pool. On the Road you will pass the Castles of, Rulch, Crickhowel 
& Tretower – Nothing in Abergavenny worth seeing. a Castle & Bridge 
Goodrich   To Monmouth 16 Miles Munow Bridge 
Castle     To Ross 12 Miles by land – 
fine Views on the River Wye.   M 
This itinerary of a South Welsh tour begins on the inside of the front cover (D40553), continuing on the recto of the present leaf (D40554) and concluding on the recto of the second flyleaf opposite (D40556).
‘Langhaddon’ is Llawhaden Castle. Turner’s ‘Caerkennan’ is Carreg Cennan, which he was to study in a sequence on drawings in his Hereford Court sketchbook, used on he 1798 tour of Wales; see Tate D01267–D01270, D01341 (Turner Bequest XXXVIII 17, 18, 19, 20, 87). ‘Rulch’ is Bwlch.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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