Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tancarville Castle

?1829

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23787
Turner Bequest CCLIII 45 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a rough sketch, of a castle in a hilly landscape with the sea, indicated by flatter, more horizontal lines, in the distance. Finberg identified the location as ‘Lillebonne Castle’;1 however, Tancarville has also been suggested.2 The shapes of the castle buildings, and the castle’s setting on a high hill by the sea, appear to correspond more to the features of Tancarville rather than Lillebonne. (For further information on Tancarville castle, see under folio 46 recto; D23788.)
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.770.
2
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.5.
Technical notes:
Some brownish discolouration owing to damage likely caused by the 1928 Tate Gallery flood (see the technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction) is visible on the left part of the page.

Caroline South
May 2017

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