Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dudley: Limestone Workings, Probably on Wren’s Nest Hill

1830

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22416
Turner Bequest CCXL 49 a

Catalogue entry

As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards has suggested1 that the tunnels in this sketch, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, are associated with the Dudley Canal, though the inscription ‘Lime’ at the bottom left perhaps indicates that the scene shows the intensive limestone workings on nearby Wren’s Nest Hill, north of Dudley. There is a chimney, apparently issuing thick smoke, in the distance.
The sketches between here and folio 54 recto (D22425) all seem to be of or looking from Wren’s Nest Hill. Compare the sequence in the contemporary Kenilworth sketchbook (Tate D22085–D22090; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 57–59a). For other views of Dudley, see under folio 39 recto (D22395).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.

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