Turner Bequest CCLXIII 54
Inscribed in red ink ‘54’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 54’ bottom right
The composition is somewhat affected by staining a little way in from the right-hand and bottom edges. This has bled through from the verso, where it takes the form of the outline of a rectangle, 290 x 415 mm, set slightly askew, apparently of varnish or some other transparent medium offset from another sheet or the edges of a rectangular object, perhaps a frame or mount. Shanes has noted ‘spotting’ on this sheet which he describes in relation to other Turner colour studies as a likely ‘creative technique’ in the tradition of the ‘blot’ method employed by Alexander Cozens (1717–1786),1 although the effect here seems less deliberate and may be fortuitous, and possibly partly owing to the staining already described.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘15’ centre right, upside inscribed in pencil ‘AB 92 P | O’ top left, upside down; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram above ‘CCLXIII – 54’ bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXIII. 54’ bottom right.
How to cite
Matthew Imms, ‘?Conway Castle c.1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2013, https://www