Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tretwr Castle

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 × 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01506
Turner Bequest XL 25 a

Catalogue entry

Tretwr, or Tretower, is on the Rhiangoll, a tributary of the Usk, just north of Crickhowell where Turner made a drawing on folios 25 verso–26 recto (D01502–D01503; Turner Bequest XL 23a–24). Another sketch of the same place is on folios 29 verso–30 recto (D01510–D01511; Turner Bequest XL 27a–28).
The castle at Tretwr was extensively enlarged in stone during the early thirteenth century by Roger Picard and his son John; it ceased to be occupied in the fourteenth century and has since been largely destroyed, but the central tower remains to dominate any view of the ruins. The subject is continued on folio 28 recto opposite (D01507; Turner Bequest XL 26).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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