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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Aberystwyth: The Castle and Town with a Bridge under Construction 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Verso:
Aberystwyth: The Castle and Town with a Bridge under Construction 1798
D01500
Turner Bequest XL 22a
Pencil on white wove paper, 135 x 95 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘71’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘XL – 22 a’ bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The drawing is continued on folio 25 recto opposite (D01501; Turner Bequest XL 23). Finberg identified the subject as Brecon,1 and thought that the preceding drawing (folios 23 verso–24 recto; D01498–D01499; Turner Bequest XL 21a–22) showed the same place. However, the present subject seems to be Aberystwyth, which Turner drew on other pages of this book: see folios 42 verso, 43 verso–44 recto, 58 verso–59 recto and 69 verso–70 recto (D01531, D01533–D01534, D01558–D01559, D01577–D01578; Turner Bequest XL 40a, 41a–42, 56a–57, 67a–68).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
A.J. Finberg, undated MS note in an interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.95.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Aberystwyth: The Castle and Town with a Bridge under Construction 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-aberystwyth-the-castle-and-town-with-a-bridge-under-r1173739, accessed 18 July 2019.