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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ruined Tower on Hill 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 48 Recto:
Ruined Tower on Hill 1839
Turner Bequest CCXCI 48
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 100 x 156 mm
Watermarked with French imperial eagle
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘48’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXCI–48’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch shows the ruin of a tower atop a hill overlooking a town in the distance to the right. It is likely, given the appearance of the spires and domed building shown here, that Turner recorded the same landmarks but from a different perspective on Tate D28633; Turner Bequest CCXCI 49a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Ruined Tower on Hill 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-ruined-tower-on-hill-r1150914, accessed 27 January 2020.