Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle from the South-West, with St Helen’s Church Beyond

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D22063
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 47

Catalogue entry

The ruins of Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle and the square tower of St Helen’s Church are seen from the south-west, with the brick-built tower at the south-west corner of the gardens on the right. The view is now largely obscured by trees.
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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