Joseph Mallord William Turner

Millom Castle and Holy Trinity Church from the East


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 126 x 202 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXVII 11

Catalogue entry

The staircase up to the arch flanked by massive, ruined walls on the east side of Millom Castle, Cumbria, survives today in much the same state. The arch leads to a small courtyard, beyond which is the pele tower, now a farmhouse. The church, south of the castle, is seen through trees to the left.
There are several other studies of Millom in this sketchbook (D08975, D08976, D08998, D09001; CXXVII 9, 9a, 23a, 25a), complementing the distant views in the 1809 Petworth sketchbook (Tate D07534, D07535; Turner Bequest CIX 22, 23), which also includes drawings of the Cumbrian castles at Cockermouth and Egremont; the studies here were presumably made on the same tour. For the situation and history of the castle and adjacent church, see under D08975.
Technical notes:
This page is a face of one of the loose bifolio sheets which form the majority of the so-called Sandycombe and Yorkshire sketchbook, along with a few single leaves. The sheets were not bound, but folded inside each other in a sequence which is not entirely recoverable (see the sketchbook’s Introduction for a suggested order). When unfolded, this page is continuous with the verso of D08992 (CXXVII 20); the measurements given above are for the present work alone.

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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