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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Peveril Castle and the Hills to the North ?1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Verso:
Peveril Castle and the Hills to the North ?1831
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 32a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of these three views, separated by pencil lines, was identified as Peveril Castle by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) and the watercolour and Turner scholar C.F. Bell (died 1966) in undated manuscript notes in copies of Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.1 As Ian Warrell has noted,2 the two views on the left show similar aspects of the castle from the south-west, looking down to St Edmund’s Church and beyond to the hills of the High Peak, while the third sketch, made with the page turned vertically, shows the castle from the south-east across Cave Dale, with parallel diagonal strokes above the distant hills perhaps indicating rain. There is a similar view to the latter on folio 33 recto opposite (D22210).
For other views of the castle, Castleton and Peak Cavern, see under folio 1 verso (D22152).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

A.J. Finberg, undated MS notes in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.734; C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in another copy at the same location, vol.II, p.734.
Ian Warrell, notes from 1993 and later in Tate catalogue files.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Peveril Castle and the Hills to the North ?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-peveril-castle-and-the-hills-to-the-north-r1148855, accessed 05 December 2021.