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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Scarborough Castle from the South-West c.1816-18

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
Scarborough Castle from the South-West c.1816–18
Turner Bequest CLI 8
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 182 mm
Inscribed by an unknown hand in red ink ‘8’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in brown ‘CLI 8’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch records the view of Scarborough Castle from the vicinity of the present Weaponness Valley road, about a mile south-west of the valley bridge. A small bridge is visible in the foreground below, and perhaps a small mill and mill dam in the valley. Almost exactly the same view was recorded in a lithograph by J. Stubbs published c.1830, although the foreground appears to have been tidied up somewhat by then, to create a better groomed promenade.
It is not quite clear why folios 8 and 9 of Finberg’s 1909 pagination (Tate D11960, D11961) have been reversed in the present binding. The general progression of these sketches is towards the castle and harbour, and the present sketch is a more distant view than D11961.
Blank, except for an inscription by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘169 Invent’ bottom left. 169 is the number given to the sketchbook in the original schedule of the Turner Bequest. The notation suggests that the page was removed from the sketchbook, probably with some early exhibition at the National Gallery in mind. In the event, the drawing does not appear to have been shown.

David Hill
September 2008

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Scarborough Castle from the South-West c.1816–18 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-scarborough-castle-from-the-south-west-r1146988, accessed 22 August 2019.