Joseph Mallord William Turner

Newark Castle from the North

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: 59 x 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25669
Turner Bequest CCLXV 16 a

Catalogue entry

Across this page and folio 17 (D25670) is a view of Newark Castle near Selkirk from across the Yarrow Water to the north. Turner made similar views at the same time in the Abbotsford sketchbook (Tate D26066; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 79), one of which became the basis for his watercolour Newark Castle circa 1832 (private collection)1 that was engraved for Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works.
Turner made another sketch of Newark on folio 16 (D25668), and in the Abbotsford sketchbook (Tate D26066; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 79). In 1834 he returned to the castle, making sketches in the Edinburgh sketchbook (Tate D26167; Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 37a).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1081.

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