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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Restormel Castle from the Fowey Valley 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Verso:
Restormel Castle from the Fowey Valley 1811
Turner Bequest CXXV 21a
Pencil on white wove paper, 166 x 208 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Stone’ twice in centre of drawing
Inscribed in pencil ‘21a’ top right, upside down
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The ruins of Restormel Castle, built on a circular plan, stand north of Lostwithiel, about seven miles inland from the Cornish coast at Fowey, where Turner had sketched between folios 19 verso and 21 verso (D08889, D08893; CXXV 18a, 20a). The castle is seen between trees on the skyline at the centre, looking south from the valley of the River Fowey. There is a tiny thumbnail sketch of a similar view, inscribed ‘Restormels’, in the Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook (Tate D08488; Turner Bequest CXXIII 63); for other views in that book see under Tate D08374 (Turner Bequest CXXIII 7).
Technical notes:
A small loss towards the right of the top edge has been made good. There is a small hole in the sheet above the lowest point on the horizon.

Matthew Imms
February 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Restormel Castle from the Fowey Valley 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-restormel-castle-from-the-fowey-valley-r1137376, accessed 25 February 2021.