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
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.
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.