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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bywell Castle and the River Tyne 1817

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 88 Verso:
Bywell Castle and the River Tyne 1817
D12438
Turner Bequest CLVII 88a
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 185 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The castle is seen to the north-north-west from the north bank of the River Tyne east of Bywell’s two churches, with the river flowing away on the right to the bend below the castle, where it turns north-eastwards towards Prudhoe. Today the bank is wooded, obscuring this view. There is a similar sketch from a little to the west on folio 87 verso (D12436). A sequence of studies of Bywell runs between the present page and folio 81 verso (D12424); for the history of the castle and bridge, see the entry for the latter.
There is an ink wash study of this side of the castle among Northumberland views made in about 1778 by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (British Library, London, Additional MS 15543).1

Matthew Imms
February 2010

1
‘Bywell Castle’, British Library Online Gallery, accessed 10 February 2010, http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/grimms/countcast/bywellcast/bywellcast/005add000015543u00004000.html.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Bywell Castle and the River Tyne 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-bywell-castle-and-the-river-tyne-r1139439, accessed 27 January 2022.