Joseph Mallord William Turner

Morpeth: The Castle Gatehouse from the North

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 162 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02509
Turner Bequest LIII 28 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 29 recto opposite (D02510). This is one of six views in this sketchbook of the gatehouse, almost all that survives, of the mid–fourteenth century castle at Morpeth. It was repaired in the sixteenth century and largely restored in the nineteenth. Finberg erroneously refers to the structure as a ‘Peel castle’,1 meaning presumably a Pele tower.
The other views are on folio 29 verso, 30 recto, 31 recto, 31 verso–32 recto and 33 recto (D02511–D02516).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.134.

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