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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Corfe Castle from the South 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Recto:
Corfe Castle from the South 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIV 18
Pencil on white wove paper, 170 x 209 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Stamped in black ‘CXXIV – 18’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The castle is viewed from north-west of the village square. It can still be seen from a similar angle through trees beside the Purbeck Way footpath below the castle from the corner of the square, although the relative elevations of the towers suggest that Turner was on higher ground, now private gardens further back from the path.1
There is a similar view from a little to the east on folio 17 recto (D08826), where the tilted tower in the right foreground in the present sketch consequently appears towards the left. See the entry for D08826 for Turner’s various other drawings of the castle and village.
See modern photograph in Hanley 1992, p.23 ‘Cat.18’.
Blank, with irregular brown spotting.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Corfe Castle from the South 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-corfe-castle-from-the-south-r1137308, accessed 29 January 2022.