Joseph Mallord William Turner

Interior of a Kitchen

1802

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 156 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04728
Turner Bequest LXXVI 68

Catalogue entry

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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