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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Brancepeth Castle 1817

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Recto:
Brancepeth Castle 1817
Turner Bequest CLVII 16
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 185 mm
Part watermark ‘J Wh | 18’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Brook’ bottom centre, ‘Road’ bottom right and ‘Wall’ centre right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘16’ bottom right (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘CLVII – 16’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For the history and situation of the building, see the entry for folio 15 recto (D12335). This is the second of two relatively slight views, apparently looking north-east over Stockley Beck. Turner’s viewpoint is comparable with those of the Buck brothers’ 1728 engraving1 and a late Victorian photograph of the castle,2 by then much rebuilt. There are other sketches on folios 74 verso and 75 verso (D12410, D12412).

Matthew Imms
February 2010

See image and publication data, Structural Images of the North East, accessed 20 January 2010, http://www.sine.newcastle.ac.uk/view_image.asp?digital_doc_id=4207.
Sir James D. Mackenzie, The Castles of England: Their Story and Structure, New York 1896, vol.II, p.340.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Brancepeth Castle 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2010, 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-brancepeth-castle-r1139337, accessed 28 November 2020.