after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of Chester Castle, engraved by Byrne

published 1810

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Engraving on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the British Museum 1988
Reference
T05948

Display caption

One reason for the popularity of picturesque views in this period was an awareness that traditional areas of Britain were being developed and modernised and therefore changing irrevocably. Many views captured in engraved form no longer existed later in the nineteenth century. By 1822 the medieval castle
of Chester had been demolished and a neo-classical construction, designed by the architect Thomas Harrison, had been erected in its place. Turner seems to have managed to sketch the ruins of the old castle before they were swept away.

Gallery label, August 2004

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