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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Landscape Composition with Castle Ruins and a Small Village on a Hill ?1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Landscape Composition with Castle Ruins and a Small Village on a Hill ?1797
D00725
Turner Bequest XXIX T
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 245 x 351 mm
Blind-stamped lower right centre with Turner Bequest monogram
Stamped in black ‘XXIX T’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner scholar C.F. Bell suggested that the subject was based on the topography of Barnard Castle;1 it is probably a composite subject, apparently derived from on the scenery of the Welsh Marches, and similar in handling to Tate D00879 (Turner Bequest XXXIII H) in this grouping; see also the capricci of Blois and Tours (Tate D00673, D00674; Turner Bequest XXVII L, M).
1
C.F. Bell (died 1966), undated MS note in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.66.
Verso:
Blank, save for watercolour trials; inscribed by a later hand in pencil ‘9’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Landscape Composition with Castle Ruins and a Small Village on a Hill ?1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-landscape-composition-with-castle-ruins-and-a-small-village-r1174972, accessed 18 October 2021.