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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Landscape with Three Hills and a Fortified Tower c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Landscape with Three Hills and a Fortified Tower c.1824
D20353
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 58
Pencil on blue wove paper, 146 x 192 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCXXIV 58’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In the background are three hills; a castle sits on the brow of the middle one. In the centre of the middle ground is a large building, a wide fortified tower perhaps, formed of a rectangle within which two horizontal and two vertical lines intersect to make a cross. A smaller structure protrudes from the top of it. To the left of this tower are the rough outlines of several houses and a bell-tower. In front of these structures is a bridge with three arches spanning a river and in the foreground a series of marks suggests vegetation.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Verso:
Blank except for inscriptions. Inscribed in pencil ‘58’ bottom right, ascending vertically, and ‘53 | O’ bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Landscape with Three Hills and a Fortified Tower c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-landscape-with-three-hills-and-a-fortified-tower-r1202105, accessed 23 April 2024.