Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Gatehouse of Denbigh Castle: Colour Study

c.1799–1800

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 673 x 1005 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04186
Turner Bequest LXX i

Catalogue entry

This is an exceptionally bold lay-in, which does not seem to depend on any drawing of Turner’s, although he certainly visited Denbigh on his 1798 tour to Wales (see the North Wales sketchbook; Tate D01389; Turner Bequest XXXIX 34), and possibly returned there in 1799. The present author has suggested that he may have made use of a published view of Denbigh Castle Gatehouse by Moses Griffith, which appeared in Thomas Pennant’s Journey to Snowdon (1781), facing page 36.1
1
Wilton 1984, p.68.
Technical notes:
The sheet has been folded horizontally and vertically, and is stained and torn.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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