Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kenilworth Castle from the North-East

1830

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22036
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 33

Catalogue entry

Kenilworth Castle is seen from the present-day junction of Castle Hill and Castle Road, looking south-west. Lunn’s Tower is on the left, with Leicester’s Building and the Great Tower beyond, and Leicester’s Gatehouse with its gabled façade on the right. Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the subject appears slightly confused at the right where it overlaps with a brief continuation from another view of the castle on folio 32 verso opposite (D22035).
Most of the sketches between folios 27 recto (D22024) and 37 verso (D22045) show Kenilworth. For the history of the castle and Turner’s subsequent watercolour, which Eric Shanes has described as a ‘synthesis’ of sketches between folios 28 verso (D22027) and 37 verso,1 see under folio 29 recto (D22028).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Shanes 1979, p.156

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