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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Carlisle Castle; and an Inscription 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Back Cover:
Carlisle Castle; and an Inscription 1831
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 94 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘No 25 [?]Great S Orwn. | Hole Pass Litn’ left running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook inverted is a sketch of the entrance to Carlisle Castle at the south of the complex. The castle is shown in Turner’s watercolour of Carlisle circa 1832 (Yale Center for British Art, USA),1 for volume 1 of Scott’s Poetical Works, but from the opposite direction to this sketch. The sketches for that design are in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border sketchbook (Tate D25844; Turner Bequest CCLXVI 42 a).
The inscription has not been deciphered fully.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.427 no.1070.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Carlisle Castle; and an Inscription 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-carlisle-castle-and-an-inscription-r1134004, accessed 04 December 2021.