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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Town with a Fortified Castle on a Hill c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Town with a Fortified Castle on a Hill c.1824
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 113
Pencil on blue wove paper, 139 x 196 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCXXIV 113’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch depicts a townscape with the outlines of several buildings, including a tower with a tented roof. In the foreground to the right is a tree, to the immediate left of which is a shallow arch suggesting a bridge. In the background are two hills, on top of the one to the right, standing directly above the town, is an imposing structure, possibly a fortified castle.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Blank except for inscriptions. Inscribed in pencil ‘113’ bottom right, ascending vertically, and ‘99 | O’ bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Town with a Fortified Castle on a Hill c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-town-with-a-fortified-castle-on-a-hill-r1202128, accessed 23 April 2024.