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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Lake or River, with a Castle and Hills Beyond c.1820-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Lake or River, with a Castle and Hills Beyond c.1820–40
D25321
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 199
Watercolour on white wove paper, 275 x 384 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘199’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 199’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This scene of trees above dark water, with what may be a pale castle above and hills beyond, has been tentatively suggested by Eric Shanes as an Italian, Scottish or Welsh subject; he has also compared it with Tate D25333 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 211),1 which has a similar red foreground, although the pale brown forms in the distance there appear more irregular and mountainous that architectural.
Other views in this section with distant towers or castles among hills include Tate D25267, D25335, D25351, D25359 and D25377 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 145, 213, 229, 237, 254)
1
See Shanes 1997, pp.98, 101, 103.
Verso:
Blank; laid down.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Lake or River, with a Castle and Hills Beyond c.1820–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-lake-or-river-with-a-castle-and-hills-beyond-r1183220, accessed 26 January 2020.