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 36 Verso:
Peak Cavern, Castleton ?1831
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 36a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 191 mm
Partial watermark ‘nard | 20’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This slight sketch appears 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. The orientation of the present drawing is somewhat unclear, but it is probably horizontal and inverted relative to the sketchbooks foliation; it continues a little onto folio 37 recto opposite (D22218). The shallow diagonal lines may indicate rays of light, or perhaps a sense of general darkness within the cave. 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-r1148863, accessed 03 April 2020.