Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle, with St Helen’s Church Beyond


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 120 × 203 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 22

Catalogue entry

The upper view shows Ashby Castle to the north-west from the old formal gardens, with the kitchen block on the left, the Hastings Tower in the foreground at the centre with the castle chapel beyond to its right. In the distance is the tower of St Helen’s Church. The low features at the far left and right do not survive. Above right and below are various fragmentary architectural details.
Following Finberg’s lead,1 Andrew Wilton has described this drawing as the basis for the watercolour Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, c.1830 (currently untraced),2 engraved in 1832 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impressions: T04593, T05090),3 but although the main view shows the same side of the castle, the juxtaposition of the various elements differs and the landscape setting is not indicated; the closest sketch to the finished composition is that on folio 45 verso (D22060).
For other views of Ashby, see under folio 21 verso opposite (D22012; CCXXXVIII 21).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

Finberg 1909, II, p.730.
Wilton 1979, p.398 no.840.
Ibid., under no.840.

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