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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Tancarville Castle ?1829

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 50 Verso:
Tancarville Castle ?1829
Turner Bequest CCLIII 50a
Pencil on pale cream laid paper, 107 x 156 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of castle buildings on a rocky hillside. Finberg identified this sketch as ‘Tancarville Castle’,1 and this location has been confirmed2. In a few simple lines, Turner conveys the shapes of the castle buildings, such as the rounded central tower. (For further information on the castle, see under folio 46 recto, D23788.)
Finberg 1909, II, p.770.
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.5.
Technical notes:
There is a small brownish stain at the lower right of the page, which is an imprint of the stain on folio 51 recto opposite (D23798). There are also fainter brownish marks at lower left and upper left, as well as faint thumbprints on the left (appearing between the buildings) and left edge of the page.

Caroline South
May 2017

How to cite

Caroline South, ‘Tancarville Castle ?1829 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-tancarville-castle-r1195703, accessed 26 January 2021.