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 51 Recto:
Tancarville Castle ?1829
D23798
Turner Bequest CCLIII 51
Pencil on pale cream laid paper, 107 x 156 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘51’ bottom left descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLIII – 51’ bottom left descending vertically
 
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 confirmed.2 In a few simple lines, Turner conveys the shapes of the castle buildings, such the tower on the right. (For further information on the castle, see under folio 46 recto; D23788.)
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.770.
2
?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 brown stain at the upper right of the page, which has also become imprinted onto folio 50 verso opposite (D23797). There is a small hole in the bottom right corner 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-r1195704, accessed 19 February 2020.