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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Ruined Castle on a Hill 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Ruined Castle on a Hill 1798
Turner Bequest XLI 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 290 x 457 mm
Watermark ‘1794 | J Whatman
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in pencil ‘10’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XLI – 10’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg listed this subject, clearly erroneously, as ‘Caerphilly Castle (?)’;1 Castell y Fan, in the Brecon Beacons, has also been suggested. The castle depicted has several features in common with that in a drawing in the contemporary Dynevor Castle sketchbook (Tate D01538; Turner Bequest XL 45).
Finberg 1909, I, p.98.
Blank; some paint splashes; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Ruined Castle on a Hill 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-ruined-castle-on-a-hill-r1173258, accessed 12 May 2021.