Joseph Mallord William Turner

Peveril Castle and Castleton from the West; a Rocky Peak District Valley; Shipping

?1831

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22321
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 91

Catalogue entry

There are three sketches here, two of which are inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. As Ian Warrell has noted,1 at the bottom right is a view of Peveril Castle above Castleton, looking west along the valley. At the top right is a separate view of a valley with a jagged, rocky skyline, perhaps Cave Dale or another Peak District site near Castleton. For other views of the castle, the village and Peak Cavern, see under folio 1 verso (D22152).
At the outer edge, made with the page turned vertically and separated by a pencil line, is a study of a ship, possibly with another beyond, and a boat on a river or at sea, perhaps on the Thames Estuary, as there are also views from Richmond Hill, west of London (see under folio 89 verso; D22316; Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 88a) or near Newcastle upon Tyne (see under folio 8 recto; D22163). There are similar studies on the verso and inside the back cover (D22322, D41055), and a study of a sailing boat on folio 1 recto (D22151).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
Ian Warrell, notes from 1993 and later in Tate catalogue files.

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