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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner The Interior of a Cannon Foundry 1797-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
The Interior of a Cannon Foundry 1797–8
Turner Bequest XXXIII B
Pencil and watercolour with some scratching-out on white wove paper, 247 x 347 mm
Stamped in black ‘XXXIII – B’ bottom right
This is apparently based on a page in the North of England sketchbook (Tate D01001; Turner Bequest XXXIV 90). When it was exhibited at Manchester in 1968 the drawing was tentatively identified as Woolwich Arsenal,1 but on the strength of the association with the North of England tour Hill has proposed that it shows one of Walker’s foundries, either at Rotherham or Conisbrough. The curator and historian Celina Fox, however, calls the sheet ‘Ironworks, Merthyr’, relating it to the work Turner did for Anthony Bacon at Merthyr Tydfil in 1798; see the Cyfarthfa sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XLI).
See Johnson 1968, p.79.
Blank; some paint smears; inscribed in a later hand: ‘22’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘The Interior of a Cannon Foundry 1797–8 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 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-the-interior-of-a-cannon-foundry-r1150272, accessed 14 August 2022.