Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of a Castle

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25536
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 7

Catalogue entry

The series of four rapidly executed sketches across this page are hard to identify with certainty. Their style is not typical of the sketches made at Rokeby Park (made on the adjacent pages in this sketchbook); they have more in common with a series of rough landscape studies which begin on folio 14 verso (D25551). Finberg’s reading of Turner’s inscription as ‘Bruce Castle’ does not correspond to anything on Turner’s route. An alternative suggestion could be ‘Brough Castle’, and several of the sketches bear a stylistic similarity to folio 37 verso (D25596) which may also be of this structure, which Turner sketched on his way to Appleby.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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