Joseph Mallord William TurnerInterior of a Medieval Building c.1806-10

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Interior of a Medieval Building
From Herstmonceux and Pevensey Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCI
Date c.1806-10
MediumChalk and graphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 128 x 201 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCI 78
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 78 Recto:
Interior of a Medieval Building circa 1806–10
Turner Bequest XCI 78
Pencil and white chalk on cream wove paper, prepared with a buff wash, 128 x 201 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘78’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XCI 78’ bottom left, descending vertically
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram, bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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.

David Blayney Brown
March 2011

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