Joseph Mallord William Turner

Netley Castle, Hampshire

?1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23540
Turner Bequest CCLII 10 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with multiple sketches of Netley Castle, Hampshire.1 Two descriptions of this Tudor fortress’s crenellated tower feature in the centre of the page, while an arched gateway, strengthened by diagonal corner buttresses, is sketched twice amidst dense woodland in the top left- and bottom right-hand corners. The castle recurs on folio 29 recto (D23574; Turner Bequest CCLII 29). Seen here without its subsequent nineteenth-century additions, Netley is about five miles south-east of Southampton which offered a regular steam packet service to the Channel Islands whose coasts and towns are the subject of extensive study in this sketchbook.2

John Chu
April 2014

1
Adrian Pettifer, English Castles: A Guide by Counties, Woodbridge 1995, p.86.
2
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.47.

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