Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Castle above the Meadows

c.1806

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, pen and ink, and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08112
Turner Bequest CXVI K

Display caption

In his Liber Studiorum, Turner classified
his different treatments of landscape.
This subject was categorised ‘EP’, which probably meant ‘Elevated Pastoral’. The piper piping his tune suggests Turner wanted to capture the ideal Arcadian landscape of ancient Greece.

Blake did the same, but evoking the countryside of ancient Italy, in the illustrations to Thornton's Virgil shown
on the wall to the right. Through the words of Jerusalem Blake creates a comparable visionary ‘Elevated’ landscape for Albion and it inhabitants.  

Gallery label, July 2008

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