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As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards confirmed this subject, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, as the tower of St Edmund’s Church and the Spire of St Thomas’s, seen from the ruins of Dudley Castle,1 looking south-west from below the barbican and keep; the southern gateway, in the centre here, is now lost. There is a more detailed treatment in the contemporary Kenilworth sketchbook (Tate D22111; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 70).
For other views of Dudley, see under folio 39 recto (D22395).
Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.