Joseph Mallord William Turner

Laugharne Castle: The Ruins Seen from the North


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 203 × 264 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXVI 21

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
This is one of the items listed in Finberg’s Inventory as having been included in the Fourth Loan Collection, but which do not tally with those listed by William White in his 1896 catalogue,1 published after the initial showing of the collection at the Ruskin Art Museum, Sheffield (1891–5). They may have been replacements for works which were withdrawn due to over-exposure. The present sheet is recorded in the Manchester and Newcastle catalogues cited here; earlier venues and dates are noted as doubtful.
William White, Notes on a Biographical Series of Fifty Drawings and Sketches by J.M.W. Turner, R.A., Belonging to the National Gallery Collection, London 1896.
Technical notes:
The sheet is discoloured from prolonged display.
Inscribed in pencil ‘21’ and in a ?twentieth century hand ‘Langhaddon’. The reference, by a modern curator, to ‘Langhaddon’ repeats a name occurring in the itinerary at the start of this book (D40555), which, however, refers to Llawhaden Castle, not to Laugharne; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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