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ID number:  BIRBI-42.8
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851)
Title / Object name:  Ludlow Castle, from the North West, with the River Teme
Object type:  Watercolour
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  1800
Materials:  Pencil, watercolour, scratching out on paper
Measurements:  357 x 572 mm
Provenance:  Purchased at Christie's, 3 July 1942, lot 46, for £546

Turner visited Ludlow in the summer of 1798 when he made a number of studies of the ruined castle and its surrounds. The pencil drawing of this scene was partly finished in watercolour and Turner then showed it to potential patrons. Three of them commissioned large finished watercolours showing this late afternoon scene. A work such as this would then have been framed and glazed for display. At this early stage in Turner’s career the artist employed a relatively muted palette which reflected his ambition of producing watercolours which might compete in effect with oils.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscriptions, sale stamps &c.: Signed l.l.: W. Turner

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Turner's Britain', Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 07 November 2003 - 08 February 2004; 'Touchstone Turner', Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, 25 January 2014 - 11 May 2014

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Turner, Joseph Mallord William
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