Joseph Mallord William Turner

Scarborough Harbour from the Castle Ward

c.1816–18

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11923
Turner Bequest CL 7 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch records the view from below the southernmost tip of the ward of Scarborough Castle, looking down on the outer and lighthouse jetties with part of the castle wall descending steeply to the harbour from the top right. In the distance can be seen the coast stretching southwards towards Filey Brigg. The sketch records similar material to another in this sequence (D11925; Turner Bequest CL 9) but from a more southerly position.
The verso (D11922) is Turner Bequest CL 7, and stamped as such. On the evidence of the inscription this was presumably one of the originally detached leaves noted by Finberg (see sketchbook Introduction), and at some stage has perhaps been replaced in the book in a reversed orientation.

David Hill
September 2008

Revised by Matthew Imms
May 2014

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