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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Raby Castle and Park from the South-West 1817

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 29 Recto:
Raby Castle and Park from the South-West 1817
Turner Bequest CLVI 15a
Pencil on white wove paper, 232 x 328 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Raby S W’ bottom right
Inscribed in pencil ‘15a’ top left, upside down
Inscribed in pencil ‘15a’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Turner’s inscription indicates, the south-west corner of the castle is seen here, with Joan’s Tower at the centre, Bulmer’s Tower on the right and Clifford’s Tower behind the trees on the left of Joan’s Tower, with the gatehouse beyond. The lower parts of the south front have subsequently been rebuilt, with a more prominent, three-sided, projecting façade to the Barons’ Hall towards the right.
The castle is reflected in Low Pond, which is separated by a track from High Pond, which in turn reflects the trees on the left. The drawing continues a little further to the left on folio 30 recto (D12291; CLVI 18a). Deer are cursorily indicated on the slope below the trees.
There are distant views of Raby from this side on folios 18 verso and 19 verso (D12295, D12277; CLVI 21, 11). As now bound and foliated, sketches of the castle and its surroundings fill most of the second half of the sketchbook, from folio 17 recto (D12298; CLVI 22a) to folio 32 recto (D12309; CLVI 28).

Matthew Imms
February 2010

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Raby Castle and Park from the South-West 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2010, 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-raby-castle-and-park-from-the-south-west-r1139506, accessed 21 May 2022.