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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Corfe Castle: The Castle and Village from the West 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Recto:
Corfe Castle: The Castle and Village from the West 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIV 7
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 170 x 209 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Stamped in black ‘CXXIV – 7’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The viewpoint is the western flank of the castle’s mound, looking south-east to the village – the only sketch from within the wards of the castle. There is a more distant view of this side of the castle and village from West Hill, on folios 1 verso–2 recto (D08808, D08809). For the various other drawings of Corfe Castle, see the entry for folio 17 recto (D08826).
Technical notes:
As on folio 8 recto (D08815), the line drawing has been reinforced by rough brown washes, restricted largely to the castle and hillside. A darker area of wash has been worked in while the first was still wet, and finer strokes indicate vegetation in the foreground. A small patch of green on the right presumably signifies foliage. The paper is browned from prolonged display, while the pigments have faded. The edges formerly protected by a display mount are bright where the paper is bare, and the watercolour retains its original strength along the bottom edge.
Blank, save for inscriptions by John Ruskin in red ink ‘42’ top right and ‘638’ bottom left. There is some watercolour offsetting from the opposite page (D08815; CXXIV 8).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Corfe Castle: The Castle and Village from the West 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-the-castle-and-village-from-the-west-r1137297, accessed 27 June 2022.