Joseph Mallord William Turner Allington Castle, near Maidstone, Seen across the Moat 1798

Artwork details

Allington Castle, near Maidstone, Seen across the Moat
From South Wales Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXVI
Date 1798
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 203 x 264 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXVI 83 v
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Catalogue entry

The late thirteenth-century manor house at Allington, built by Stephen de Penchester and licensed for crenellation in 1281, was enlarged and modified in a domestic style by Sir Henry Wyatt in the early sixteenth century. It is these extensions that lend the present castle its picturesque qualities (though it had fallen into dilapidation by the early twentieth century was largely reconstructed between 1905 and 1929).
Three further views of Allington Castle are on folios 84 recto, 85 recto and 87 recto (D00654, D00655, D00657; Turner Bequest XXVI 92, 93, 95).
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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