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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Pevensey Castle ?1810

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Pevensey Castle ?1810
Turner Bequest CXXXVIII 7
Pencil on white wove paper, 201 x 310 mm
Inscribed ?by John Ruskin in red ink ‘7’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXVIII 7’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Perhaps a right-hand page of the sketchbook, as there are stitch holes on the left.
The watercolour of Pevensey Castle based on this drawing (private collection)1 is the same size as those aquatinted by Joseph Stadler as Four Large Coloured Views in Sussex for publication circa 18182 which originated in drawings made in 1810. That it was neither included with Coloured Views nor engraved by William Bernard Cooke for Views in Sussex 1816–20 would be explained if Eric Shanes is correct in dating it perhaps as late as 1823 and suggesting that it might have been the last work that Turner made for John Fuller.3 Shanes notes Fuller’s ‘esteem’ for the ruins of the castle, which are about ten miles from his estate at Rosehill (now Brightling) Park.
For Pevensey Castle see the possibly earlier drawings in the Herstmonceux and Pevensey sketchbook (for example Tate D05630; Turner Bequest XCI 13).
Wilton 1979, pp.348–9 no.431.
Ibid., p.349 nos.432–5.
Eric Shanes, Turner in 1066 Country, exhibition catalogue, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings 1998, p.18.

David Blayney Brown
April 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Pevensey Castle ?1810 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2011, 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-pevensey-castle-r1131370, accessed 22 January 2021.