Joseph Mallord William TurnerInterior of a Kitchen 1802

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Interior of a Kitchen
From Lake Thun Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXVI
Date 1802
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 156 x 201 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXVI 68
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 68 Recto:
Interior of a Kitchen 1802
Turner Bequest LXXVI 68
Pencil on white laid paper, 156 x 201 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg noted the inscription on the verso of this leaf (D40784), which he read as referring to ‘the Castle of Küssenberg, near Schaffhausen’ – actually Schloss Küssaberg, near Lauchringen, for which see folio 17 verso of this sketchbook (D04672). Finberg’s comment has led to an assumption that the interior itself belonged to the castle, although he did not say so precisely and the castle was in fact already a ruin. Even if it were not, one might wonder how Turner would have gained access to it, and the scene is more probably the kitchen of some inn or eating house.

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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