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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Newark Castle 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 78 Recto:
Newark Castle 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 80
Pencil on off-white wove writing paper, 185 x 113 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘1472’ top left
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘80’ top left running vertically and ‘271’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVII – 80’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned to the left are various studies of Newark Castle. Starting out at the top of the page, there are close-up profiles of the north front and west sides of the castle. The inscription written above (‘1472’) corresponds with the date the castle was given to Margaret of Denmark, whose royal coat of arms is on the west gable. Turner made similar studies of the south and east sides of the castle on folio 79 (D26070; CCLXVII 81).
Other views of the castle on this page are from the north-west (second sketch down) and north (middle sketch). At the bottom of the page is a landscape sketch that probably shows the view west from the castle along the valley of the Yarrow Water.
For more information on Turner’s visit to Newark, see folio 77 (D26066; CCLXVII 79).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Newark Castle 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-newark-castle-r1134436, accessed 19 January 2022.