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
D23791
Turner Bequest CCLIII 47 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a castle on a rocky hilltop. Finberg identified this sketch as ‘Tancarville Castle’,1 and this location has been confirmed.2 Turner picks out details of the castle buildings such as the pointed roofs of the towers, and the crenellated top of the structure on the right known as the Coquesart tower. (For further information on the castle see under folio 46 recto; D23788.)
Art historian Ian Warrell states3 that this drawing (and 0folio 46 verso; D23789) was used as a preliminary sketch for Turner’s later watercolour, Tancarville from the East (‘Front View’), c.1832 (Tate D24693; Turner Bequest CCLIX 128),4 which was engraved for Turner’s Annual Tour Wanderings by the Seine, 1834 (Tate impression: T05597, T06226).
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 Warrell 1999), p.5.
3
Warrell 1999, p.273 no.120.
4
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.412 no.956, reproduced.
Technical notes:
There are faint thumbprints at top right of the page.

Caroline South
May 2017

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