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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Corfe Castle: The Castle from the North 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Corfe Castle: The Castle from the North 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIV 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 170 x 209 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Stamped in black ‘CXXIV – 4’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The castle is seen from lower ground to the north, with Corfe Castle village hidden beyond. From the relative angles of the keep and towers, the drawing appears to have been made from slightly east of that on folio 3 recto (D08810). The National Trust visitor centre now stands in the valley of the Corfe River in the foreground. A similar viewpoint today is from across the level crossing over the Norden to Swanage railway line behind the centre, but as the line cuts into the lower slope of East Hill on the left it is difficult to judge Turner’s exact position.
For the various other drawings of the castle and village, see the entry for folio 17 recto (D08826).

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Corfe Castle: The Castle from the North 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-from-the-north-r1137294, accessed 21 May 2022.