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 30 Recto:
Raby Castle and Park from the South-West 1817
Turner Bequest CLVI 18a
Pencil on white wove paper, 232 x 328 mm
Watermark ‘J Whatman | 1816’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘V [?Dark R...]’
Inscribed in pencil ‘18, a’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The drawing is confined to a narrow strip on the left showing trees and what Turner seems to have intended in his note as their ‘very dark reflections’. The sketch is a continuation from the left side of the full-page view on folio 29 recto (D12286; CLVI 15a), showing Raby Castle from the south-west with High Pond in the foreground.
The numbering of this page and its verso (D12290; CLVI 18) has been confused, probably due to the apparently fragmentary state of the sketchbook when Finberg catalogued it. His entry for page ‘18’ clearly refers to the present drawing, which he was unable to relate to the main part of the composition. 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-r1139508, accessed 27 June 2022.