Joseph Mallord William Turner

Interior of a Medieval Building

c.1806–10

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05695
Turner Bequest XCI 78

Catalogue entry

This and other interiors drawn on folios 79–81 of the sketchbook (D05696–D05698) have been generally thought to be at Bodiam Castle (see notes to folio 67, D05694 for drawings in this book). The present drawing might represent the ground floor of the gatehouse, but the identification does not seem certain. Turner’s drawings show figures and utensils, suggesting a working kitchen, but Bodiam was ruined and unoccupied at this period, with its stonework overgrown. See notes to folio 81 for an alternative suggestion of the Monk’s House, Robertsbridge Abbey.
The leaf has been torn and repaired at upper left.
Stained
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
March 2011

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