Joseph Mallord William Turner

Raby Castle and Park from the South-West


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 232 × 328 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLVI 18 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is confined to a narrow strip on the left showing trees and what Turner seems to have intended in his note as their ‘very dark reflections’. The sketch is a continuation from the left side of the full-page view on folio 29 recto (D12286; CLVI 15a), showing Raby Castle from the south-west with High Pond in the foreground.
The numbering of this page and its verso (D12290; CLVI 18) has been confused, probably due to the apparently fragmentary state of the sketchbook when Finberg catalogued it. His entry for page ‘18’ clearly refers to the present drawing, which he was unable to relate to the main part of the composition. As now bound and foliated, sketches of the castle and its surroundings fill most of the second half of the sketchbook, from folio 17 recto (D12298; CLVI 22a) to folio 32 recto (D12309; CLVI 28).

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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