Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ramsgate Harbour from the North-West; Pier Castle


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 155 × 95 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXL 22 a

Catalogue entry

Pier (sometimes Ramsgate) Castle, drawn at lower left of the leaf, is a square block with round corner towers and crenellated walls on the corner of Harbour Street and Kent Terrace overlooking the harbour wall. It was designed by Mary Townley, an amateur architect financed by her wealthy husband in the construction of a number of buildings in Ramsgate. Said to have been built in 1819 it is now occupied by a restaurant and café.
Sketches of Ramsgate run to folio 27 verso of the sketchbook (D10455; Turner Bequest CXL 24a). In view of their quantity, and direction from on and off-shore, Turner may have stayed in the town for several days.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

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