Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kenilworth Castle from the South

1830

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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
D22031
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 30 a

Catalogue entry

In the upper drawing Kenilworth Castle is seen from the south, with the Strong Tower and Saintlowe Tower flanking the Great Hall on the left, Leicester’s Building to the right and the Great Tower rising between them on the north side of the inner court beyond Gaunt’s Tower. The lower view is from slightly further east, with Gaunt’s Tower, the central vertical feature, shown clear of the Great Tower.
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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