Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ludlow Castle and Bridge, Seen from the North-East

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 437 × 531 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01911
Turner Bequest XLIV i

Catalogue entry

As Finberg recognised,1 this is based on a pencil drawing made on the 1798 Welsh tour, in the Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01317; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 63); see also the watercolour of about 1829 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (private collection),2 engraved in 1831 (Tate impressions: T04568, T04569).
There are slight pencil indications of tree stems at the right, suggesting that Turner had a balanced composition in mind; the England and Wales design makes use of a tree as a repoussoir device in a similar position.
1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.110.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.396 no.825.
Technical notes:
A long diagonal tear from the top left to the centre of the sheet has been repaired.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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