Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kenilworth Castle: The Great Hall

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
D22037
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 33 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this drawing shows the ruined Great Hall of Kenilworth Castle, looking west from the south-west corner of the inner court. The upright structure right of centre is the bay window which would have illuminated the hall on the first floor.
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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