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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bowes Castle 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 31 Verso:
Bowes Castle 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 31a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
From the road just south of Gilmonby Bridge near Gilmonby Hall, Turner made this sketch of the village of Bowes with the castle and Church of St Giles. The road is shown in the right foreground making a serpentine bend as it crosses the bridge over the River Greta. There are farm buildings on the south bank of the river at the left of the picture, and the square tower of the castle stands on a low hill above the north bank, with St Giles to its right and other buildings of Bowes village.
Emma House has suggested that this was Turner’s first sketch of the castle during this 1831 tour, although, considering his route during the visit and the order of drawings in the sketchbook, it is more likely to have been this third sketch after those on folio 30 verso and 31 (D25820, D25821).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Bowes 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-bowes-castle-r1134189, accessed 17 January 2022.