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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Road, with ?Caister Castle and Farm Yard; Yarmouth c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
Road, with ?Caister Castle and Farm Yard; Yarmouth c.1824
Turner Bequest CCIX 11a
Pencil on white wove paper, 118 x 115 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Farm yard’ top centre, ‘Road’ centre towards top, ‘D’ left centre towards top
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook orientated to portrait, here Turner has depicted a ‘Farm Yard’ and a ‘Road’ to a town with a ruined tower or castle keep. It could be that the artist pictures Caister Castle here, the keep of which remains intact to this day (see Tate D18180–D18184, D18201; Turner Bequest CCIX 13–15, 23a). A fifteenth-century stronghold, Caister is located moments north of Great Yarmouth.
Turner has in turn recorded the Norfolk port of Yarmouth in a separate sketch, rendered with the book orientated to landscape format. Yarmouth’s church of St Nicholas is identifiable by the tall spire at centre left (see also Tate D18176, D18178, D18212–D18214, D18217–D18221, D18223; Turner Bequest CCIX 11, 12, 29–30, 31a–33a, 34a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Road, with ?Caister Castle and Farm Yard; Yarmouth c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-road-with-caister-castle-and-farm-yard-yarmouth-r1181059, accessed 21 October 2021.