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
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.
See Finberg 1909, I, p.110.
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.

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.