The castle, built of red sandstone, and hence called ‘Y Castell Coch’ (the Red Castle), is a dramatically sited thirteenth-century border fortress that underwent periodic modifications to become a grand country house from the sixteenth century, towering above steeply terraced gardens. A finished watercolour showing these terraces, made in about 1834 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales series (Manchester Art Gallery)1 and engraved in 1836 (Tate impressions: T05098, T06116), is largely based on this drawing. A more distant view of Powis is on folio 95 recto (D01316; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 62).
Wilton 1979, p.400 no.861, reproduced.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.