Joseph Mallord William Turner

South Gate, Launceston, and the Castle, with St Stephen’s Church in the Distance

1814

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 × 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09603
Turner Bequest CXXXII 113

Catalogue entry

South Gate, with its pitched roof and arch, is seen down the hill, with Launceston Castle on its mound beyond the trees to the left, and the church tower near the centre. The viewpoint is Race Hill, looking north-west down Southgate Street; the views to the left and right are now constricted by later buildings and trees, but the castle can be glimpsed from nearer the gateway.
There is a more detailed study from a similar viewpoint in the Devonshire Rivers, No.3, and Wharfedale sketchbook (Tate D09823; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 31), probably in use on the same occasion. For further views of Launceston, see under folio 106 recto (D09596).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

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