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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study for the Composition of 'Dolbadern Castle, North Wales' c.1799-1800

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 111 Recto:
Study for the Composition of ‘Dolbadern Castle, North Wales’ c.1799–1800
Turner Bequest LXIX 112
Coloured chalks on blue laid paper, 210 x 135 mm
Watermark: Strasburg lily (trimmed)
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘112’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXIX-112’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner submitted his painting of Dolbadarn to the Royal Academy exhibition of 1800, and presented it as his Diploma work on his election as full Academician in that year (Royal Academy of Arts, London).1 For five other studies in coloured chalks for the composition in this book and the picture for which they are studies, see under folio 102 recto (D04118; Turner Bequest LXIX 103). Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll consider this one the closest to the final picture.2
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.9–10 no.12, pl.7 (colour).
Ibid., p.9.
Technical notes:
There is an offset from this drawing on folio 79 verso (D40587), indicating that the pages where once bound consecutively.
Blank; offset from folio 112 recto opposite (D04129; Turner Bequest LXIX 113).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Study for the Composition of ‘Dolbadern Castle, North Wales’ c.1799–1800 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-for-the-composition-of-dolbadern-castle-north-wales-r1178007, accessed 28 February 2021.