Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Estuary of the Tywi (Towy), with Llanstephan Castle in the Distance

1798

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 × 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01277
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 26

Catalogue entry

The viewpoint is probably a tavern at Llanfair, on the old road from Carmarthen to Llanstephan. Turner would naturally have stopped at this point for refreshment if not for lodgings. The spectacular view is now obtainable from a private garden; the road has been rerouted along the valley. See also the drawing on folio 36 recto (D01278; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 27), and the slight sketch in the Dynevor Castle sketchbook (Tate D01574–D01575; Turner Bequest XL 65a–66). Another drawing which may show Llanstephan is in the Swans sketchbook (Tate D01731–D01732; Turner Bequest XLII 56–57).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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