Joseph Mallord William Turner

Powis Castle, Welshpool, from the South-West

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 × 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01315
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 61

Catalogue entry

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).
1
Wilton 1979, p.400 no.861, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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