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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Pevensey Village and Castle c.1806-10

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
Pevensey Village and Castle circa 1806–10
Turner Bequest XCI 13
Pencil and white chalk on cream wove paper, prepared with a buff wash, 128 x 201 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘13’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XCI 13’ bottom left, descending vertically
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram, lower right of centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject is certainly Pevensey, from the north. St Nicholas’s Church can be seen on the left. In a series of views running to folio 21 of the sketchbook (D05638) Turner surveys Pevensey Castle from different angles. The castle (in the care of English Heritage) originated in a Roman shore fort and was enlarged in the century following the Norman Conquest. It was one of the subjects Turner painted in watercolour for John Fuller (private collection),1 referring to his Views in Sussex sketchbook (Tate D10326; Turner Bequest CXXXVIII 7).
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, pp.348–9 no.431.

David Blayney Brown
March 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Pevensey Village and Castle c.1806–10 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-village-and-castle-r1130940, accessed 18 October 2021.