Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of a Ruined Castle

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 126 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31373
Turner Bequest CCCX 49 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally both ways as well as inverted relative to its foliation, Turner made five drawings here, showing what appear to be aspects of the same ruined castle,1 set among rugged hills. It is one of the few subjects in this sketchbook to remain unidentified (see the Introduction), but was perhaps observed in passing from a winding mountain road or the Danube Valley in the vicinity of Passau, which appears on numerous adjacent pages; see under folio 48 verso (D31371).
There are three similar views on folio 50 recto opposite (D31374), as well as a small, labelled view of Vilshofen, a few miles up the river from Passau.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.243.

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