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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Warwick Castle from the Avon Bridge 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 38 Recto:
Warwick Castle from the Avon Bridge 1830
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 38
Pencil on white wove paper, 120 x 203 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘38’ top right
Inscribed in pencil ‘124’ towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXXXVIII – 38’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Looking west from the bridge on the Avon, Turner focuses on the river frontage of Warwick Castle, with Caesar’s Tower, the gatehouse and Guy’s Tower towards the right and the castle mill below. There appear to be two figures at the bottom right, albeit rather faint. The sketch informs the relevant section of the finished England and Wales watercolour discussed under the verso (D22047), part of a double-page sketch made from the same direction.
Technical notes:
The whole drawing has a rather faint, slightly rubbed appearance which may be a legacy of its having been extracted from the sketchbook and stuck down for the sake of displaying the verso (see the entry for D22047).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Warwick Castle from the Avon Bridge 1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-warwick-castle-from-the-avon-bridge-r1148687, accessed 26 January 2020.