Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Three Towers

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25582
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 30 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch remains unidentified, although the towers and turrets are likely to belong to a castle, and the buildings at the right suggest that the sketch may have been taken from outside the castle gates. Based on other sketches made on this tour and in this sketchbook the most likely location is Carlisle Castle, although it cannot be closely matched.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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