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♔Caernarvon Castle William Turner

Caernarvon Castle- Joseph Mallord William Turner 1798


Edward I built Caernarvon Castle in Wales as part of his oppressive effort to establish English rule. These historic associations, and the castle’s impressive architecture, made it perfect material for artists in search of picturesque subjects.

William Turner visited North Wales in 1798 on a sketching tour and made a number of drawings of Caernarvon Castle. These tours were an important source of new subject matter for compositions, and from these he would try to persuade patrons to commission fully developed watercolours.

Turner may have made several designs in preparation for the large watercolour of Caernarfon Castle (above) which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1799.


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