Joseph Mallord William Turner

Peak Cavern, Castleton

?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: 114 x 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22215
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 35 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, these very slight sketches (two main views and incoherent details framed by pencil lines at the top right and bottom left) appear to show the inside of Peak Cavern, below Peveril Castle at Castleton, which is seen on adjacent pages. The subject on folio 37 verso (D22219) is positively identified as Peak Cavern by an inscription. Turner’s ‘R’ here may indicate the underground River Styx, or it is possibly a ‘P’ for Peak. For other views of the castle, village and cave, see under folio 1 verso (D22152).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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