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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bamburgh Castle from the South 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 50 Recto:
Bamburgh Castle from the South 1797
Turner Bequest XXXIV 47
Pencil on white wove paper, 210 x 270 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘47’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXXIV 47’ bottom left, descending vertically
?Offset in red ink ‘Page 46–47’ centre right, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. The twelfth-century Norman castle, much altered over succeeding centuries, rises over an eight-acre site on a high bluff overlooking the Farne Islands, a wild and romantic stretch of the grand Northumberland coast. Turner made three drawings of it on this tour, though he did not develop any of them until much later in his career. The others are folios 51 recto and 52 recto (D00956, D00957; Turner Bequest XXXIV 48, 49). See D00957 for a note on the use Turner later made of the subject.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Bamburgh Castle from the South 1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, 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-bamburgh-castle-from-the-south-r1150111, accessed 22 September 2019.