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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Newcastle from Gateshead ?1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Verso:
Newcastle from Gateshead ?1831
D22164
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 8a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 191 mm
Partial watermark ‘R Bar | 18’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘6 Dor[...] Temp’ towards top right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Ian Warrell has identified this as a view of Newcastle upon Tyne.1 At the centre are the keep of Newcastle Castle and the spire of St Nicholas’s Cathedral. The two can still be seen in this juxtaposition among later buildings, looking north across the Victorian Swing Bridge over the River Tyne from Bridge Street on the Gateshead side, between the High Level Bridge on the left and Tyne Bridge on the right. Turner’s inscription, probably ‘6 Doric Temp’ is over the Moot Hall to the right of the cathedral spire, referring to the classical order and temple-like appearance of the central portico (now obscured by trees from this viewpoint); the building appears in a little more detail, including the six columns, on folio 9 recto opposite (D22165).
On the right, drawn with the page turned vertically, is a detail of a square church tower; it is as yet unidentified, and may be from elsewhere, perhaps in the Midlands, the primary focus of this sketchbook.
For other views of Newcastle, see under the recto (D22163).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
Ian Warrell, notes from 1993 and later in Tate catalogue files.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Newcastle from Gateshead ?1831 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, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-newcastle-from-gateshead-r1148810, accessed 28 October 2020.