Joseph Mallord William Turner

Raby Castle from the North-East

1817

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 × 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12289
Turner Bequest CLVI 17

Catalogue entry

The castle is seen here from the north-east; since the main axes of the building run north-south and east-west, most of the towers (including Bulmer’s Tower at the left and the Kitchen Tower at the centre) are seen on the diagonal, but Clifford’s Tower, the large block on the right, is set on a south-east to north-west diagonal and appears face-on. The view continues a little to the left with another clump of trees on folio 22 verso opposite (D12288; CLVI 16a).
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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