Turner visited St Mawes in the summer of 1811 on a tour of the West Country, to gather material for a collection of views of the south coast. He never returned to that part of England, but this work remains pivotal to his explorations of that part of the country.
Turner first visited the nearby cathedral city of Salisbury in 1795, and as his career developed, he returned to paint Stonehenge and the surrounding landscape. The first of his patrons in the area was the antiquarian St Richard Colt Hoare. In the late 1790s, Sir Richard commissioned him to paint a series of watercolours of Salisbury and its newly restored cathedral, planting his interest very much in the West Country.
Turner had known the area since his schooldays around 1788. He thought the north Kent coast had the ‘loveliest skies in Europe’.
Turner first saw Norham, the castle that sits on the river Tweed in Northumberland, in 1797. After that first visit, he made watercolours showing the ruin at sunrise. Later trips in 1801 and 1831 produced further views and paintings (North News & Pictures).
Kidwelly Castle was painted by Turner on his tour of South Wales (Dragon News Picture Agency).
Ludlow Castle in Shropshire inspired many painters during the C18th and C19th, from JMW Turner to Francis Towne, Thomas Hearne to William Marlowe and Julius Ibbetson to Peter de Wint (John Robertson).
Source: The Telegraph.