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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Netley Castle, Hampshire ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Verso:
Netley Castle, Hampshire ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 10a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Partial watermark ‘J. JELL | 18’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with multiple sketches of Netley Castle, Hampshire.1 Two descriptions of this Tudor fortress’s crenellated tower feature in the centre of the page, while an arched gateway, strengthened by diagonal corner buttresses, is sketched twice amidst dense woodland in the top left- and bottom right-hand corners. The castle recurs on folio 29 recto (D23574; Turner Bequest CCLII 29). Seen here without its subsequent nineteenth-century additions, Netley is about five miles south-east of Southampton which offered a regular steam packet service to the Channel Islands whose coasts and towns are the subject of extensive study in this sketchbook.2

John Chu
April 2014

Adrian Pettifer, English Castles: A Guide by Counties, Woodbridge 1995, p.86.
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.47.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Netley Castle, Hampshire ?1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, 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-netley-castle-hampshire-r1175032, accessed 20 May 2022.