J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Building with a Castellated Tower: ?Kingsgate House, near Margate 1796

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
A Building with a Castellated Tower: ?Kingsgate House, near Margate 1796
Pencil on white laid paper, 126 x 106 mm
Inscribed by later hands in ink and pencil (see main catalogue entry)
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in pencil ‘XXX’ top right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXX’ top right, descending vertically
Inscribed in pencil by Arthur Magyer Hind (see main catalogue entry)
Made with the page turned vertically, this slight and diagrammatic sketch may represent Kingsgate House, near Margate.
The later inscriptions are all at right angles to the drawing, descending vertically relative to it. Towards the bottom right is the endorsement of the executors of the Turner Bequest, Charles Turner, John Prescott Knight and Charles Lock Eastlake, in ink ‘No 349 Contains 27 | leaves In Pencil & Colour | ‘C Turner’| and in pencil ‘C.L.E.’ and ‘JPK’ below. Underneath, at the bottom left in relation to the drawing, is a pencil note by curator Arthur Mayger Hind:
Leaves replaced as
follows Nov 1934: –
93 as 3a
95} in this order
91 end fly leaf
This is from the period of the restoration and rebinding of many Turner Bequest sketchbooks at the British Museum after the Tate Gallery flood of 1928. For a discussion of these and other changes, see the technical notes and concordance in the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Andrew Wilton
May 2011

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Building with a Castellated Tower: ?Kingsgate House, near Margate 1796 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-building-with-a-castellated-tower-kingsgate-house-near-r1149680, accessed 27 January 2022.