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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Peak Cavern, Castleton ?1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 35 Verso:
Peak Cavern, Castleton ?1831
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 35a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 191 mm
Partial watermark ‘nard | 20’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?R]’ towards bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, these very slight sketches (two main views and incoherent details framed by pencil lines at the top right and bottom left) appear to show the inside of Peak Cavern, below Peveril Castle at Castleton, which is seen on adjacent pages. The subject on folio 37 verso (D22219) is positively identified as Peak Cavern by an inscription. Turner’s ‘R’ here may indicate the underground River Styx, or it is possibly a ‘P’ for Peak. For other views of the castle, village and cave, see under folio 1 verso (D22152).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Peak Cavern, Castleton ?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-peak-cavern-castleton-r1148861, accessed 14 October 2019.