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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dryslwyn Castle: Distant View from the South 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Recto:
Dryslwyn Castle: Distant View from the South 1798
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 77
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 229 x 332 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram centre right
Stamped in black ‘XXXVIII 77’ bottom left, descending vertically
The subject was drawn with the page turned horizontally. Dryslwyn is a Welsh castle of the early thirteenth century, captured by Edward I in 1287. Its ruins dominate the fertile valley of the Tyfi, in which it stands half-way between Llandeilo and Carmarthen; see folio 28 recto (D01271; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 21). Another view of Dryslwyn is on folio 34 recto (D01355; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 101).
In 1909 Finberg noted that this leaf, then loose, was ‘Probably p.27a’,1 that is to say originally falling between what are now folios 36 recto and 38 recto (D01278, D01279; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 27, 28), but D01342 (Turner Bequest XXXVIII 88) has since been bound in at that position. He later thought that this drawing might show Carreg Cennen Castle;2 see under folio 23 recto (D01341; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 87).
Finberg 1909, I, p.88; see also p.85.
A.J. Finberg, undated MS note in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Brain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p.88.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Dryslwyn Castle: Distant View from the South 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-dryslwyn-castle-distant-view-from-the-south-r1173170, accessed 23 January 2022.