281. [N05484] Landscape with a Castle on a Promontory c. 1820–30?
THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (5484)
Canvas, 19 1/4 × 15 7/8 (49 × 40·5)
Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (? 270*, I unidentified 1'7" × 1'4"; see below); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1947.
Lit. Davies 1946, pp. 158–9, 190 n. 26.
Probably, in view of its unusual dimensions, the work originally listed as 270 in the 1854 Schedule, but renumbered 270* in the margin and in the second, 1856, Schedule. For the reason the number was changed see No. 529 [N05544].
This is a particularly fragmentary and unresolved composition, with a foreground tree, either unfinished or in the course of alteration, and a castle on a promontory projecting into a wide expanse of water beyond. Though the style and handling are completely typical of Turner, it is difficult to relate this to any other work, or to date it save very generally in the middle of Turner's career.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984