Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prudhoe Castle from across the River Tyne at Ovingham


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 116 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLVII 80 a

Catalogue entry

The castle is seen to the south-east across the Tyne Valley from the south side of Ovingham village, from about the point where parallel road and foot bridges now begin, replacing an earlier ford. The broad bank below the castle is now heavily industrialised, and flanked by the Newcastle to Carlisle railway.
Towards the top of the bank on the left are twin gate pillars, leading to a house shown as a brief continuation of this view on folio 81 recto opposite (D12423). There are other views of the castle from across the Tyne on folios 77 verso–78 recto, 78 verso–79 recto and 79 verso–80 recto (D12416–D12421), and from close up on folios 89 verso, 90 verso, 91 verso, 92 verso and 93 verso (D12440, D12442, D12444, D12446, D12448). For the history of the building and Turner’s later watercolour, see the entry for D12417.
Technical notes:
There is staining or a paper fault across the upper part of the leaf, which does not show through to this side except as a slight rippling; it is visible as a patchy shape on the recto (D12421). In transmitted light it appears paler than the rest of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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