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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Norham Castle, with a Watermill in the Foreground 1797-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Norham Castle, with a Watermill in the Foreground 1797–8
Turner Bequest XXVII U
Pencil on white wove paper, 209 x 273 mm
Stamped in black ‘XXVII U’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The most important of Turner’s drawings of Norham on this tour is the relatively slight one he made in his North of England sketchbook (Tate D00966; Turner Bequest XXXIV 57). This was to become the basis for a sequence of finished views for both exhibition and engraving, executed at different junctures throughout his career. This closer view records the architecture of the ruined castle keep in considerable detail, little of which appears in the finished works, but which must nevertheless have been of value to Turner in helping him to understand the place he was celebrating.
Technical notes:
The top and right-hand edges of the sheet are irregular. There is a horizontal fold about 45 mm from the top.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Norham Castle, with a Watermill in the Foreground 1797–8 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-norham-castle-with-a-watermill-in-the-foreground-r1150278, accessed 20 January 2022.