Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle from the South-West

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 × 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22061
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 46

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this slight sketch centres on the ruined Great Tower of Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle, with the square tower of St Helen’s Church to the north-east at the left. The view is now obscured by trees. There is a closer view from this side on the verso (D22062).
For other views of Ashby, see under folio 21 verso (D22012; CCXXXVIII 21). As Eric Shanes has noted, ‘the large number of those studies suggests that the painter went to great lengths to find a view of the scene that sparked his imagination’.1

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Shanes 1990, p.276; see also p.286 note 232, and Shanes 1979, p.156.

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