Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kenilworth Castle from the South

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
D22032
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 31

Catalogue entry

In this slight sketch, Kenilworth Castle is seen from the south, with the Saintlowe Tower on the left, Leicester’s Building to the right and the Great Tower rising between them on the north side of the inner court. There is a more detailed version on the verso (D22033).
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). The scribbled forms in the left foreground of the current drawing may indicate the cattle and milkmaid incorporated in the finished design.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Shanes 1979, p.156

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