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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Kingswear Castle, Dartmouth Castle and Dartmouth 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 57 Recto:
Kingswear Castle, Dartmouth Castle and Dartmouth 1814
Turner Bequest CXXXIII 57
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 178 mm
Part watermark ‘Fell | 18’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Light’ and ‘Shadow’ on hills towards top left, ‘corn’ centre right and ‘[?Grs]’ bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘57’ bottom right, descending vertically, and ‘294’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXXIII 57’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view is to the north-west, over the keep of Kingswear Castle and the Dart Estuary to Dartmouth Castle and up the river towards Dartmouth itself. There are small drawings from similar angles on folio 55 verso (D09738). This is one of a sequence of views around Dartmouth and the Dart Estuary between folios 50 recto and 60 recto (D09730, D09744); for sketches made in 1811, see under the first of these.
Technical notes:
There is brown staining to the left-hand edge, also evident on the verso (D09741).

Matthew Imms
July 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Kingswear Castle, Dartmouth Castle and Dartmouth 1814 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-kingswear-castle-dartmouth-castle-and-dartmouth-r1147291, accessed 03 December 2021.