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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Barnard Castle 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 33 Verso:
Barnard Castle 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 33a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here is one sketch of Barnard Castle and three of Egglestone Abbey. Barnard Castle is shown from the south along the River Tees with the castle bridge and the faint outline of the castle above, matching the view of a sketch that Turner made on his first visit to the castle in 1797 (Tate D00936; Turner Bequest XXXIV 30). There are further views on folio 34 (D25827).
The three views of Egglestone Abbey are all drawn with the book in different orientations. Above the Barnard Castle sketch is a view of the abbey from the west. With the sketchbook inverted and at the inner edge of the page with the book turned to the right, there are views of the abbey from the east, a view that is distinguished by the great east window and by the house that was attached to the abbey at its north side.1 There are three further views on the abbey on folio 34 (D25826).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

See David Hill, In Turner’s Footsteps: Through the Hills and Dales of Northern England, London 1984, p.68

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Barnard Castle 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-barnard-castle-r1134193, accessed 19 September 2021.