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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Camber Castle c.1816-19

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 60 Verso:
Camber Castle circa 1816–19
Turner Bequest CXL 53a
Pencil on white wove paper, 155 x 95 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the slightly more detailed and careful of two identical views in this sketchbook; the other very quick sketch faces it on folio 61 (D10514; Turner Bequest CXL 54). The subject is definitely Camber Castle, as also suggested by Finberg, rather than a Martello tower. This is the central block seen from inside the walls; these can just be made out to left of centre. In the present sketch, Rye appears in the distance. There is a view of the castle from the surrounding levels on folio 62 (D10516; Turner Bequest CXL 55).

David Blayney Brpwn
July 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brpwn, ‘Camber Castle c.1816–19 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2011, 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-camber-castle-r1131507, accessed 24 November 2020.