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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Ludlow Castle and Bridge, Seen from the North-East 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ludlow Castle and Bridge, Seen from the North-East 1798
D01911
Turner Bequest XLIV i
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 437 x 531 mm
Watermark ‘J Whatman 1794’
Stamped in black ‘XLIV – i’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Finberg recognised,1 this is based on a pencil drawing made on the 1798 Welsh tour, in the Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01317; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 63); see also the watercolour of about 1829 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (private collection),2 engraved in 1831 (Tate impressions: T04568, T04569).
There are slight pencil indications of tree stems at the right, suggesting that Turner had a balanced composition in mind; the England and Wales design makes use of a tree as a repoussoir device in a similar position.
1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.110.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.396 no.825.
Technical notes:
A long diagonal tear from the top left to the centre of the sheet has been repaired.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Ludlow Castle and Bridge, Seen from the North-East 1798 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-ludlow-castle-and-bridge-seen-from-the-north-east-r1174960, accessed 17 October 2021.