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
D23792
Turner Bequest CCLIII 48

Catalogue entry

The page contains a rough sketch, drawn horizontally, of a castle high on a rocky hilltop at right looking over trees and buildings on lower ground on the left. Finberg identified this sketch as ‘Tancarville Castle’,1 and this location has been confirmed.2 Turner concentrates on the shapes of the castle buildings, and only roughly indicates the trees and other buildings below, and by the lightest horizontal lines the sea in the distance beyond. (For further information on the castle, see under folio 46 recto; D23788.)

Caroline South
May 2017

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.

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