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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Beaumaris Castle: Part of the Walls, with the Menai Strait Beyond 1799

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
Beaumaris Castle: Part of the Walls, with the Menai Strait Beyond 1799
D01914
Turner Bequest XLV 3
Pencil on white wove paper, 225 x 329 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘3’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XLV-3’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a somewhat more detailed drawing of part of Beaumaris than the very slight and interrupted sketch on the preceding leaf, folio 2 recto (D01913). Turner has included at the right of his view a quick outline indication of the rocky coast of the North Welsh mainland, stretching away towards Penmaenmawr. The rather perfunctory records in this book are the only evidence we have for his visit; but he was to include a distant view of Beaumaris in his series of watercolour designs for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California),1 which was engraved in 1836 (Tate impressions: T04604, T05099, T06119).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.401 no.865, reproduced.
Verso:
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Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Beaumaris Castle: Part of the Walls, with the Menai Strait Beyond 1799 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 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-beaumaris-castle-part-of-the-walls-with-the-menai-strait-r1177789, accessed 18 October 2021.