Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mortham Tower

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25542
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 10

Catalogue entry

This view of Mortham Tower is taken from the south and demonstrates how the courtyard house was built onto the earlier peel tower. Although Turner has exaggerated the height of the tower by about a third in this sketch, he was more realistic in a sketch in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border sketchbook, where he also drew a view of the junction of the Greta and Tees rivers with Mortham Tower (from the north) at the right (Tate D25830–D25831; Turner Bequest CCLXVI 35a–36).
Other views of Mortham Tower in the present sketchbook are on folio 6 verso, 8, 9 and perhaps 49 (D25535, D25538, D25540, D25618).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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