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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Caerphilly Castle from the South-West 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Caerphilly Castle from the South-West 1798
Turner Bequest XLI 10a
Pencil on white wove paper, 289 x 457 mm
Watermark ‘1794 | J Whatman
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘33’ bottom left (now faint)
Inscribed in pencil ‘10a’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XLI – 10 a’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Other views of Caerphilly in this sketchbook are on D01636, D01637, and probably D01640 (Turner Bequest XLI 8, 9, 11). This drawing shows the whole structure from the outer western defences or ‘hornwork’, which can be seen overgrown and partially destroyed in the foreground. The principal features to be seen are the north-west tower, the outer Western Gatehouse, the postern, and the South-west or ‘Leaning’ Tower.
Finberg numbered this page twice, correcting himself in the course of compiling his 1909 Inventory but leaving a redundant entry for Turner Bequest XLI ‘33’, cross-referenced to XLI 10a.1 When Tate accession numbers were assigned, the spurious entry was designated D01666; that number has since been cancelled.
Finberg 1909, I, p.99.
Technical notes:
The sheet is faded from exposure.
Blank; inscribed in a later hand in pencil ‘No 7’ and ‘2’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Caerphilly Castle from the South-West 1798 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 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-caerphilly-castle-from-the-south-west-r1173259, accessed 11 April 2021.